Sport 'Done their homework' - Celtic told new manager must make four signings; £14m axed
McAvennie drops huge 4-word Celtic manager claim after recent development - report
Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie believes a new Hoops manager could be in place by next weekend. The Lowdown: Celtic managerial latest The Hoops remain on the hunt for Neil Lennon’s long-term successor, with John Kennedy still in interim charge of the club. Both Eddie Howe and Roy Keane have been heavily linked with the […]The Hoops remain on the hunt for Neil Lennon’s long-term successor, with John Kennedy still in interim charge of the club.
Celtic’s new manager will have to revamp the team’s defensive structure, according to Mark Wilson.
Wilson, a right-back, madebetween 2006 and 2012.
Celtic have endured a dismal season -they trail champions Rangers by 23 points in the table and crashed out of the Europa League in the group stages while their arch-rivals progressed to the Round of 16, and a large part of their struggles has been down to their torrid defending.
How much have Celtic struggled defensively?
Celtic conceded 19 goals over their six continental fixtures, a(alongside Dundalk and Ludogorets).
The two word Celtic team talk John Kennedy must use for Rangers clash
Scott McDonald reckons the interim boss can use his captain's last game as the ultimate inspiration.And the former Hoops striker is adamant the Ibrox clash is no dead rubber due to the captain’s farewell and the anger within Rangers over their nightmare exit from the Scottish Cup.
They’ve shipped 29 in the Scottish Premiership, and though that equates to fewer than one per game, their defensive record pales in comparison to Rangers, who have let in just 13.
For Wilson, it’s clear where the outstanding problems lie for Neil Lennon’s long-term successor.
‘Celtic must address weakness Gerrard exploited’
“Any manager who is looking at this Celtic side and has done their homework throughout the season, not just against Rangers, can clearly see the weaknesses,” he told Sky Sports, via.
“Steven Gerrard played on that and said after the match he played on that weakness of the backline and goalkeeper.
“That is the priority for any manager coming in – a goalkeeper and two full-backs and a centre-half.
Reliable reporter shares what is holding up Eddie Howe deal with 11-word Celtic admission
Celtic are still yet to announce a new permanent first-team manager following Neil Lennon’s resignation back in February. The Lowdown: Who’s in the hunt? A number of bosses have been loosely linked with the position, including Frank Lampard and Rafael Benitez, but it seems as if Eddie Howe is the man who Dermot Desmond wants […]A number of bosses have been loosely linked with the position, including Frank Lampard and Rafael Benitez, but it seems as if Eddie Howe is the man who Dermot Desmond wants in Glasgow.
“If they can keep Kris Ajer it’s a good start, but it’s a tall order.”
Who would be getting replaced in Celtic revamp?
It wasat the start of the season that Ajer wanted to leave Celtic, and he’s now about to enter the last year of his contract.
Scott Bain () is currently the no. 1 ‘keeper at Parkhead, having started the last 11 matches.
Everton loanee Jonjoe Kenny () occupies the right-back position, with AC Milan’s Diego Laxalt ( ) predominantly the man stationed on the opposite flank.
That makes about £14m worth of talent that could need replacing and upgrading.
Transfer Tavern verdict
Celtic need an overhaul this summer, but they can’t focus all their attention on the defence – let’s not forget that while Sunday’s Old Firm turned into a goal-fest, the Hoops had mustered justagainst the Gers this term.
Forget Harkin: Celtic could find their new Van Dijk by appointing title-winning 39 y/o - opinion
Celtic could unearth their new Virgil van Dijk if they appoint Neil McGuinness as their new Director of Football.It has been all change in recent months for the Hoops with both Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond departing.
Odsonne Edouard could leave, forcing the club to try and repeat the trick of identifying a diamond in the rough up front, just like they did with Moussa Dembele before him.
Indeed, hiscould be crucial for fundraising and one would hope it can stretch to more than just a couple of defenders – if the club were to upgrade at the back but lose Edouard without an adequate replacement, we can’t see them properly challenging Rangers for the throne next term regardless of how many clean sheets they keep.
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Tom English has been speaking on the latest instalment of the On The Ball podcast, where he claimed he ‘would love to see’ Jose Mourinho become the new Celtic manager as it would be ‘hilarious.’ The Hoops are searching for a new manager after Neil Lennon resigned from the role back in February after seeing […]The Hoops are searching for a new manager after Neil Lennon resigned from the role back in February after seeing his side fall 18 points behind the league leaders.