With Celtic surrendering the title to their biggest rivals last weekend, it was a landmark moment at Parkhead.
For the first time in a decade, the Hoops were no longer the dominant force in Scottish football. It has been a bumpy ride this season and it has all culminated with the end of Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell’s tenure.
Lennon resigned from his role as manager two weeks ago while Lawwell is set to retire over the summer. Dominic McKay will step into the CEO’s shoes but they’re yet to find a new head coach.
They will presumably spend the summer months scouring the football world for their next boss and it’s unlikely there will be a shortage of suitors.
Guillem Balague put forward an interesting name last week, suggesting that former New York City and Flamengo boss Domenec Torrent should take Celtic’s fancy. He said: “Domenec Torrent would be in my eyes a very exciting move. Number two to Pep at Bayern and City, and a great believer in possession-based football and in the need to give spectacle to fans.”
Indeed, it’s incredibly hard to argue with the journalist’s take here. Torrent doesn’t have a wealth of management experience under his belt but having been a disciple to Pep Guardiola, you can guarantee he knows plenty about the game.
Torrent was Guardiola’s number two at Bayern Munich whilst he was also a great guidance councillor for the Spaniard at Manchester City. The two have a tremendous understanding for each other and that’s seen in the way Torrent likes his teams to operate.
“I was in love with Pep’s game – he was a disciple of Cruyff,” Torrent once commented.
He went to Flamengo in Brazil with the desire of playing a vertical tiki-taka system and if that could be replicated at Celtic, it would undoubtedly be an eye-catching appointment. Torrent certainly has players who will suit that style of football; namely the ball-playing Kristoffer Ajer and the exuberant David Turnbull.
Lennon’s football wasn’t particularly pleasing on the eye so Torrent could change the vibe at Parkhead and make it a far more attractive place to not only play football but watch it too. He should also fix some of their defensive problems.
Speaking about Torrent’s qualities, Guardiola once said: “He’s a master of set-pieces. He helped me to know the corners and the free-kicks and this kind of thing is important everywhere, especially in England.”
The Man City boss added: “He knows exactly in the right moment what to say.”
Torrent has now had a few years to tailor his own management style and the Celtic gig would undoubtedly be a tough ask. Yet, the Bhoys would be foolish not to consider the 58-year-old.
His possession-based style of play and utilisation of set-plays would prove game-changing. It has the potential to get the best out of players like Turnbull and their taller defenders like Christopher Jullien.