By Michael Brown

12th Dec, 2020 | 7:00pm

'Amazing' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to Pochettino potentially taking over at Celtic

Celtic would have to show real ambition if they were to have any chance of convincing Mauricio Pochettino to take charge as manager.

That is the view of former Spurs midfielder Michael Brown who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggested Peter Lawwell would have to “give him the keys” to the club to make it happen.

Speaking to PLZ Soccer, former Scotland international Charlie Adam suggested the Bhoys could target former Tottenham boss Pochettino as a potential replacement for Neil Lennon.

The Argentine has been out of a job since leaving Spurs last season to be replaced by Jose Mourinho in north London.

While he initially branded the suggestion as “ridiculous”, Brown suggested a huge amount of ambition from the Celtic board could give the Bhoys the slightest chance of tempting Pochettino to Parkhead.

“I think it’d be a ridiculous move for Poch,” Brown told Football Insider.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“We love the ambition, they want a star manager, they want someone with that sort of kudos but I think, unfortunately, Poch has got different options.

“He’s going to have different levels throughout Europe and, unfortunately, Celtic, wouldn’t be – I’d be amazed, listen, it doesn’t mean they can’t do it but you’re gonna have to show him a real ambition to make him do that.

“He likes to develop younger players, he wants to do all his way so if you give him the keys to your club and say on you go, go and do it, maybe, but I think there’s just too many jobs out there for him to take and that he’ll have had conversations with already.” 

Lennon is under pressure at Celtic Park after falling 13 points behind Rangers at the top of the Premiership table and failing to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops may be about to pull off “exceptional” signing after terms agreed months ago, claims Football Insider pundit.