Pat McGinlay backs Alan Stubbs to become Celtic boss, highlights Warburton rivalry

Former Celtic ace Pat McGinlay is backing Alan Stubbs to become Celtic manager.

Ex-Celtic and Hibernian midfielder Pat McGinlay has told The Scottish Herald that Alan Stubbs should be right in contention to replace Ronny Deila.

Celtic announced last week that manager Ronny Deila will be leaving the club at the end of the season, and that has got many fans, pundits and ex-players talking about who could be his replacement.

The likes of Roy Keane, David Moyes, Steve Clarke, Neil Lennon and Michael O'Neill have all been touted for the job, but one former Celtic ace has another name for the role.

Ex-Celtic midfielder Pat McGinlay has looked to another one of his former clubs for a candidate, tipping Alan Stubbs for the job.

Stubbs, 44, played more than 90 games for Celtic during his playing career, and is now managing in the Scottish Championship with Hibernian.

His side have stuttered of late, but they are still in contention for promotion to the Scottish Premiership via the play-offs - and McGinlay thinks he could be ideal for Celtic.

McGinlay has told The Scottish Herald that Stubbs has proven his ability to coach young players and also has the arrogance needed for the Celtic job - and also pointed to his rivalry with Rangers boss Mark Warburton this season as something which could fit well at Celtic.

"I think he must be seen as a candidate for that job," said McGinlay. "I don’t see many others looking good for it. Stubbsy is a great character, a good coach and he’s bringing a lot of young boys through at Hibs as well. If he can win the Scottish Cup and also get them promotion then that would be massive endorsement of his qualities. He talks well, too."

"He has that bit of arrogance about him that you need as a manager. I’ve noticed this season that he and Mark Warburton had a bit of ongoing banter, maybe mind games or whatever, and I liked that. And I think Stubbs has handled himself well on that front. The fact he’s a former Celtic player should help his case, too. When you’ve been there and know the club that gives you a wee step up. If Stubbsy can bring Hibs into the Premiership and also win the cup then that would speak for itself," he added.

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