Slaven Bilic had two years in the Premier League with West Ham United – but will he get a return to Britain with Premiership giants Celtic?

With Slaven Bilic emerging as a potential option for Celtic, who better to ask than West Ham United fans about a man who seems desperate to get his coaching career back on track?

The affable Croatian is currently unattached after a short and unsuccessful spell at Al Ittihad came to an end in February. And, according to the BBC, a man who represented Everton and West Ham in his playing days is very interested in replacing Brendan Rodgers as the new, full-time manager of Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

Now, Bilic’s outspoken nature and tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve would probably appeal to the Celtic fanbase, as would his preference for attractive attacking football.

But his last spell in Britain, with West Ham between 2015 and 2017, is best described as ‘mixed’. The Hammers finished seventh in Bilic’s first spell in charge, breaking their Premier League points record while defeating Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on their own soil.

That superb start quickly descended into a nightmare, however, with Bilic’s tactical limitations exposed as West Ham slipped down the table. And successive defeats to Astra Giurgui in the Europa League qualifying phase surely won’t appeal to a Celtic side who are desperate to do better on the continent however.

But, for the most part, BIlic remains popular with West Ham supporters and looks an intriguing option for Celtic.

 

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