Collins tells Celtic to target forward thinking manager, dispels Steve Clarke links

John Collins has told Celtic to go and get a forward thinking manager after Neil Lennon resigned from his role of manager.  The former Celtic midfielder and Assistant Manager believes that names being linked with the vacancy, such as Steve Clarke, do not fit the bill as a result of not playing the best style of football.

Speaking to Talksport, the former Monaco midfielder thinks that a new manager with the right ideas on how to win matches of football and excite the fan base.

“To be the manager of Celtic you need experience, you’ve got to play a certain brand of football and be successful with it.

“The manager of Celtic needs to be an offensive, attack-minded coach. The fans want victories but they also want winning in style.

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“Stevie Clarke has done a terrific job with Scotland and Kilmarnock. Has he produced attacking, entertaining football? The answer would be probably not.

“His teams are organised, hard to break down, they defend deep. That’s not really a weekly basis with Celtic, they’re looking for three or four goals and victories with style.

“I think Stevie Clarke has done a brilliant job for Scotland and Kilmarnock but I don’t think he fits the profile for Celtic.”

Names like Thomas Frank, Eddie Howe and even Roberto Martinez have been mentioned. However, there are a few bizarre names being touted such as Mark Hughes, a name that hardly captures the imagination of the support. Collins himself could be a worthy candidate in the new scouting set-up at the club, he has a modern European approach to football that could be a valuable asset under a new DOF.

Collins joined Celtic in 1994 for £1m. During what were dark times, McStay and Collins were a bright spark in the central midfield for Celtic but sadly in that period only had a Scottish Cup in ’95 to show for his efforts. He left the club in controversial circumstances in 1996 when he left on a free transfer for Monaco.

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