Former Celtic assistant manager John Collins is shocked that Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes has not been considered for the job at Celtic Park.
Speculation has increased regarding Hughes’ future of late, with the Press and Journal reporting that Caley Thistle are working on a severance for Hughes after falling out with the club’s directors.
Speaking at a media event for the Scottish Cup final, Collins told the Scotsman that Hughes would fit Celtic’s culture and philosophy perfectly:
“The first thing I will say is John Hughes has done an unbelievable job at Inverness. He took on a team that was a long-ball team, played no football and very quickly moulded them into a total football team.”
“On top of that he has sold players and made players better. How his name hasn’t been mentioned for the Celtic job I don’t know. What he has done with average players, no support, no training ground, no sports science, no video analysis is incredible.”
Brendan Rodgers is odds-on at the bookmakers to become the next Celtic manager although majority shareholder Dermot Desmond has confirmed that although they have interviewed candidates for the role, they have yet to make a final decision on their next manager.
Other candidates interviewed for the post are rumoured to be Malky Mackay, Paul Lambert and Neil Lennon, as well as Roy Keane and David Moyes.
A decision is expected to be made on the preferred candidate by the end of this week.