Celtic may be on the verge of finally hiring their new manager but that hasn’t stopped external claims for other names.
Eddie Howe is reportedly close to taking over at Parkhead after a number of stalling points but the Bhoys still have time to consider other options.
Despite talks being at an extremely advanced stage for Howe, there are still doubts over whether he’s the right man to take Celtic forward.
That’s the view of pundit and Dumbarton manager Jim Duffy.
He was speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard this week and said: “Until you’ve got something signed, sealed and delivered, that speculation is going to continue. Other names are going to be mentioned like Jack [Ross]. I think Jack is a progressive young manager and has a lot of potential.”
Duffy added: “I’m sure he would have learned from his experience at Sunderland which is a huge club. I think he will be on the radar of clubs, not that Hibs isn’t a top club, but even bigger clubs provided Hibernian continue to progress.”
Ross might be one of the most eye-catching managers coming through the Scottish game but you have to doubt his credentials at a top club.
He has guided Hibernian to third spot in the Premiership season but the fact of the matter is that his spell at Sunderland was pretty disastrous.
The Scot crumbled under the pressure of a big fan base and was left with no answer as he tried to navigate them to promotion from League One in England. His team reached the EFL Trophy final but lost to Portsmouth and then they lost in the play-off final too.
That said, if Dermot Desmond is looking for a manager that’s like Brendan Rodgers, they simply have to consider him.
After all, the Northern Irishman absolutely adores him and he’s already familiar with Lennoxtown and Parkhead.
Speaking to Open Goal (via Glasgow Times) last year, Lewis Morgan commented: “Brendan Rodgers loves him and used to invite him to Lennoxtown all the time. He’d taken his Alloa team to Parkhead and done well and he’s got a similar coaching style, that’s his coaching idol. He loves him. All our team talks or analysis it would be like what Brendan was doing at Celtic.”
Regular dialogue has occurred between the two and plenty of Ross’ tactics and methods are right from the Rodgers playbook.
Lennon attempted to continue the Leicester manager’s drills during his second stint with the Hoops but it simply didn’t work.
Having someone familiar in his ways, therefore, should be highly beneficial to Celtic. Ross has failed at one big club but he should have learnt from those experiences.
He is evidently a far better manager and coach now.