Celtic legend Chris Sutton has called for Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill to be named the new manager at his former club. Chris Sutton talked up ex-Northern Ireland national team boss O’Neill as the potential Celtic boss while he was on BT Sports. He also said that ex-Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy would be a good fit as the Celtic manager. Mick McCarthy is the current manager at English Championship club Cardiff City. Celtic are in search of the perfect manager after Neil Lennon resigned on Monday. Neil Lennon was formerly a Celtic player and manager. He led the Scottish Premiership giants to a ninth successive league title last season but he has not been able to enjoy the same success in the league this season. Neil Lennon and Celtic have played second fiddle to Steven Gerrard and his Rangers team in the Scottish Premiership this season. Neil Lennon leaves Celtic 18 points adrift of leaders Rangers. Rangers are expected to wrap up the league title by next month.
John Kennedy was the assistant manager to Neil Lennon while he was the Celtic boss and he has been given the responsibility to lead the club for the rest of the season. John Kennedy is not expected to be given the job on a full-time basis. To this effect, the bookmakers have named the coaches in the running for the permanent managerial job at Celtic. The managers said to be in the running for the top job include former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, Belgium national team boss Roberto Martinez, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, ex-Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and ex-West Brom boss Steve Clarke. Celtic legend Chris Sutton has opted for managers outside the aforementioned managers in Michael O’Neill and Mick McCarthy. His top pick is Michael O’Neillwho spent nine years as the Northern Ireland manager. He led the team to the European Championships in 2016. The 51-year-old was appointed the Stoke City boss in November 2019 and he was able to mastermind their escape from relegation to League One.