Celtic have been told to consider former Bayern Munich defender Valérien Ismaël for the managerial vacancy at the club following Neil Lennon’s departure. Livingston captain Marvin Bartley told Go Radio Football Show that he believes that the Frenchman should be considered for the role owing to his experience as a player but also his recent successes with LASK and Barnsley.
The 45-year-old currently has Barnsley in the lofty heights of a play-off place ahead of the final eight games of the season. This is spectacular given The Yorkshire club’s reputation for being Yo-Yo club between EFL League One and The Championship. Bartley believes that the way Barnsley have been playing is appealing to Celtic fans and the way the club are expected to play.
I said it weeks ago on @thisisgoradio and I’ll say it again, Celtic HAVE to at least be speaking to Valérien Ismael!! Go and look at the work he’s doing at Barnsley. For me if they don’t get Howe, then he has to be next. He’s going to the top. #CelticFC pic.twitter.com/f9KBeFNvmd
— Marvin Bartley (@dothebartman1) March 17, 2021
“There’s a man at Barnsley, I know they are in the Championship, but he’s also played at Bayern Munich and he’s a really, really good coach. I’m a student of the coaching game and the way they play football is unbelievable.
“He’s a manager who will go onto bigger and better teams than Barnsley. They’re a team that should be bottom four, bottom five. They are punching way above their weight.
“He’s unbelievable, for me. I know I spoke about Eddie Howe and I’ve played under Howe, but if I was looking a bit further afield and looking at somebody slightly different it would be him.”
Ismaël has had an illustrious career in France and Germany, winning a few trophies between spells with Strasbourg, Lens, Wolfsburg and Munich. He is a left-field suggestion but he is certainly worth considering, especially for the work he did with LASK in achieving Last 16 in the Europa League.