Phillips shares 'huge' verdict as Marsch goes public on managing Celtic after U-turn

It would be “huge” for Jesse Marsch to land the Celtic job – but it’s a good thing he has ruled himself out of the running. 

That is according to former Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 47-year-old Red Bull Salzburg manager’s U-turn on his recent comments concerning the vacant position at Parkhead.

Quoted in the Scottish Sun, he insisted: “My work here is definitely not done, we have a lot of fun together. My family is very happy in Salzburg. We have made many friends. It is not necessary to take a step.”

That came just days after he told BBC Sport it would be an “honour” to manage the Glasgow club.

Phillips rubbished the idea of an unproven manager walking into a huge club like Celtic and claimed it would be better suited to someone with proven pedigree.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “There’s a lot managers out there who would express their interest in managing Celtic. To go from Salzburg to one of the biggest clubs in the world in Celtic is huge.

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“The expectation going in there now is so big that you probably need someone who has the experience.

“You want someone who’s maybe managed in the Premier League, in an intense atmosphere under pure pressure.

“Whoever goes in there, the supporters will demand to win the league.

“It’s a big ask for someone to go in there who doesn’t know anything about Scottish football.”

Celtic have been without a manager since Neil Lennon resigned in February, leaving John Kennedy in interim charge.

Kennedy is among the favourites to get the job along with Chris Wilder, Roy Keane and Enzo Maresca.

In other news, a top pundit claims Celtic may renew their interest in signing Ben Davies after his Liverpool career appears to be over before it has even begun.