Celtic could have done with Mick McCarthy’s no-nonsense attitude this season – but he is not the man to replace Neil Lennon.
That is the view of former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the Hoops should be looking at a “younger, fresher manager” than the 62-year-old.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Cardiff City boss is on the Hoops’ shortlist to fill Lennon’s shoes following his departure on Wednesday.
It is understood McCarthy’s contract with the Welsh outfit is up at the end of the season.
A centre-back during his playing days, McCarthy played 69 times for Celtic during the 80s and won a league title and two Scottish Cups.
Whelan suggested while the ex-Bhoy might be a popular figure at Parkhead, he is not to man to take the club forward.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Look, I love Mick McCarthy.
“He’s been fantastic at every club he’s been at. I’m sure the Celtic fans would love it being him being part of the Republic of Ireland (setup). That would go down well the fans.
“I still believe they need to look somewhere different. I believe as good as a manager as Mick is, I think there are fresher ideas out there.
“It’s working right now for him at Cardiff. He’ll always get players to play for him, he’ll always have his own style of play but I think Celtic need to look somewhere else.
“That’s no disrespect to Mick McCarthy. I think he’s a fantastic manager, a fantastic person and a manager who won’t skirt around the edges. He will tell you exactly how it is.
“I think they probably needed him this year. Tell these spoilt brats, some of them, they need to get off their high horse and start working hard.
“I think next season, no. It’s probably flattering to Mick that he’s doing such a great job down at Cardiff he’s been linked.
“If they’re going to look somewhere else, you look to a younger, fresher manager. I don’t think Mick McCarthy would be my first choice.
“I think they need to look a little bit further down the age chain.”