By Harry Sykes
Neil McCann has been named the new manager of Dundee – and Celtic fans have taken to Twitter to pan the surprise appointment and offer some amusing responses.
Dundee announced on their official website on Tuesday night that club legend McCann has been made interim manager for the rest of the season.
McCann will cease punditry duties with Sky Sports to take the reins at the Scottish Premiership strugglers and try to maintain their top-flight status.
— Dundee Football Club (@dundeefconline) April 18, 2017
Celtic supporters were shocked that McCann has been handed such a testing job despite no previous managerial experience.
They took to social media in their droves to give their feedback, which included some humorous reaction and was undoubtedly partly a result of McCann’s connections to their bitter rivals Rangers.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— B (@bigbaz74) April 18, 2017
— Reece (@_RH67) April 18, 2017
I’d like to wish Neil McCann every success at Dundee,anything that keeps him off my telly is fine by me.
— Michael Daly (@SnrMick) April 18, 2017
Giving McCann the dundee job…….. pic.twitter.com/cKPu8LNO72
— Joe???? (@celticjoe86) April 18, 2017
I don’t know what sounds more ridiculous. Neil McCann pundit or Neil McCann Manager of Dundee.
— Scotty (@Sco2hot) April 18, 2017
— Bartin Main ™ (@iBartinMain) April 18, 2017
The moment neil mccann realised his hunditry career was over pic.twitter.com/O3ueaPfLCu
— BrenCelt (@NaCeiltighAbu) April 18, 2017
@SkySportsNewsHQ Great news one less bawbag on our screens. Can he not take Tanner and Walker as his assistants. ????????
— John F ☘ (@johnf2008) April 18, 2017
McCann has never held a managerial position before but he has a UEFA Pro Licence and has coaching experience at Dunfermline before landing the Sky pundit’s role full-time in 2015.
He will arrive at Dundee with the task of ending the rot and preventing the club slipping into the Scottish Championship.
The club have fallen to 11th, the relegation play-off place, in the top flight after a run of seven consecutive defeats.
Dundee have accumulated just 30 points from 33 league fixtures and are two points adrift of ninth-placed Hamilton and Motherwell in 10th.
McCann has impeccable Dundee credentials after starting and ending his career at the club.
The former midfielder also won all the domestic trophies available during his five years at Ibrox from 1998 to 2003.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth deal.