By Alex McLeish

19th Mar, 2021 | 6:00pm

McLeish: Celtic could appoint manager of Champions League club after Marsch confession

RB Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch would be a “modern-day” managerial appointment for Celtic, according to Alex McLeish.

However, the former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the American would be one of several names in the Hoops’ sights.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the 47-year-old confessed it was an “honour” to be linked with the Celtic job and insisted it was an “interesting” prospect.

Marsch is on course to lead Salzburg to an eighth successive league title this season and could make it a double with the Austrian Cup.

He has also managed Salzburg in the group stages of the Champions League in the last two campaigns.

Celtic meanwhile are looking to replace Neil Lennon after a bitterly disappointing campaign at Parkhead.

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McLeish suggested Marsch would be a forward-thinking appointment but admitted there could be a lot of differing opinions among the corridors at Parkhead.

Asked if Celtic should consider an appointment from the continent, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Yeah. I would certainly see that as a modern-day kind of trend.

“The clubs are hiring people for recruitment now. These recruitment companies command big fees and things so they have to do it right. Getting the football person right sometimes – well, not sometimes, a lot of the time – is very difficult sometimes.

“Is it even harder for a recruitment company? They have to invest in the knowledge of the club. They have to invest in the knowledge of the modern-day coach, the modern-day rules and things.

“There’s all that which must be taken into account. It’s not just a case of one man picking a name.

“All the clubs, all the big clubs, will no doubt have had a database at the ready should the occasion occur.”

In other news, McLeish claims Roy Keane would lure some top signings to Celtic.