It’s crazy to think the job Steve Clarke has done at Kilmarnock and the fact he’s not really considered as a serious candidate to be the next Celtic boss.
Events this season out with the football on the park has maybe resulted in the manager being excluded from the debate.
Clarke called out the bigotry coming from Ibrox a few months back when he was subjected to the vilest abuse on the touchline as he tried to do his job. The manager was visibly upset at the comments coming from the stands and said he could not stand it.
The Kilmarnock boss has done a fantastic job at Rugby Park but after his comments on that night, it’s unlikely he would want to get involved in the Celtic gig because that kind of abuse would only intensify.
It’s a shame that has to be a factor in who becomes the next Celtic manager. Neil Lennon has been subject to the abuse for years but can thrive under it at times.
However, from afar it looks like the Killie boss should be heavily in contention. His former Chelsea team-mate Joe McLaughlin has told The Herald Clarke should be a ‘stick-on’ for the job.
“Steve should be a stick-on for that job” he told the Herald.
“Obviously Neil Lennon is in pole position but if Celtic are looking elsewhere, then I think Steve would be the best candidate to go in there.”
Right now, it appears Neil Lennon is in pole position to retake the job with the Irishman telling fans Dermot Desmond hasn’t spoken to anyone else.