Daniel Pinder, the editor-in-chief of Get German Football News, has exclusively told Football FanCast that Jesse Marsch’s winning mentality built up at Salzburg would put him in good stead for the Celtic job.
Eddie Howe remains the clear favourite to replace Neil Lennon at Parkhead, but the 47-year-old American has emerged as another potential successor following his impressive work in the Austrian Bundesliga, although he is reportedly on Leipzig’s three-man shortlist to replace Julian Nagelsmann after his summer departure to Bayern Munich was confirmed on Tuesday.
Marsch, who previously said it’s an “honour” to be linked with Celtic, is on the verge of leading Salzburg to an eighth consecutive league title, and a second on the bounce during his two seasons at the club.
His Salzburg first caught the eye during last season’s Champions League, when his side that included a certain Erling Haaland pushed Liverpool all the way at Anfield.
Marsch learnt his trade in the MLS with both Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls before becoming Ralf Rangnick’s assistant at Leipzig.
And Pinder told Football FanCast that the American could cope with the pressure in Paradise:
“You can link it to Steven Gerrard at Rangers. He went in there and had to build up his team but are expected to win 95 percent of their games and battle Celtic for the title.
“And Jesse Marsch already has that winning mentality, they’ve done well in Europe, they’ve done well in the league.
“He’s been working under a lot of brilliant coaches and now he’s got that coaching role for himself. I do think he will leave Salzburg; I think he’s ready for that next step.”
But does Pinder believe that Celtic would be that step up?
“I think Celtic is a step above Salzburg, but I do think if Nagelsmann leaves Leipzig then I think he would be more suited to that role. If he doesn’t replace Nagelsmann, then I think Celtic would be a perfect fit for him.”