Aston Villa and Scotland international midfielder John McGinn says it comes as no surprise to see his national team manager, Steve Clarke, linked with the Celtic job.
As quoted by the Daily Record speaking on Go Radio, McGinn spoke about Clarke’s credentials as he admitted it is no surprise he is linked to a job like the Celtic one, whilst also expressing his desire and hope that he stays in the Scotland job after the Euros in the summer.
“First and foremost, I’m not surprised he’s been connected and linked with the job.
“He’s a brilliant manager and says it how it is. He’s obviously been with the top clubs across England and up here.
“He did a brilliant job with Kilmarnock and as a team, it was probably slow initially as to how we had set up under him, but the more and more we got used to how it worked and the style of play it certainly has benefitted us going forward.
“The success is really a platform and he is as hungry as us players to go and carry that on, so it’s nice to hear that there is going to be a bit of continuity (for the Euros) if someone is going to nab him but hopefully Ian Maxwell and the SFA can keep him for a while yet.”
Clarke was put forward as one of the frontrunners after both his success at Killie and more recently taking Scotland to the Euros for the first time in 20+ years. As a coach, he also has a lot of experience down south at many different clubs.
Someone like Clarke feels like it would be an okay appointment with his ability to make teams solid like he has in the past. However, many would probably feel disappointed if he was to get the job going forward with it maybe not being the imaginative appointment a lot of people expect to come.
After being successful so early on in his Scotland career and also speaking in the past about the history of the Glasgow Derby, it could be seen as unlikely that he will take the job. But it is clear to see as McGinn says why his name is being mentioned.