Celtic may need an experienced new manager to cope with an “exodus” of players this summer, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested there would be some “interesting names” in the running to replace Neil Lennon.

As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic want to appoint a Brendan Rodgers-style manager with a proven track record of developing and improving players.

This site understands Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy, 62, is on the Hoops’ shortlist, while former Huddersfield boss David Wagner would be interested in taking charge.

Lennon stepped down from his role on Wednesday morning after nearly two years in charge.

McLeish suggested the new manager would have to cope with several first-team stars leaving Parkhead this summer.

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Asked if he thought an experienced manager was a must, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Yeah. It is going to be tough because I think there could be an exodus of some players.

“When I took over from Dick Advocaat, people were expecting Rangers to go for another kind of foreign coach with a great reputation. Surprise surprise, they came for Alex McLeish.

“Things have to get done at some time and I guess there’s maybe a waiting game going on.


“It is what it is and when things are not in your control, you shouldn’t focus on them. I’ve always lived by that rule.

“When it’s a situation like this, I think time will tell when things come together again for Celtic football. There are going to be interesting names all across the board.”

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