Alex McLeish has questioned if David Wagner’s recruitment record is good enough to take over as Celtic manager.

The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 49-year-old’s eventual failure at Huddersfield came down to his signings rather than his coaching methods.

As revealed by Football Insider, Wagner is “very keen” on returning to management and would be interested in the Celtic job.

The German coach has been out of work since being sacked by Schalke last September following an 18-game winless run.

Football Insider understands Celtic are looking to appoint an experienced manager with a proven track record of developing and improving players on the training ground.

However, McLeish has questioned whether Wagner’s record in the transfer market is good enough to hand him the Parkhead reins.

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McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “That’s an interesting name.

“There are going to be plenty and David is one of them.

“He had a great season with Huddersfield and then a not so great season. What is that down to, is it down to the coaching?

“I would suggest it’s more down to recruitment. It is the key when you get into clubs like Rangers and Celtic.

“That has got to be the fundamental, basic rule of thought for any coach who goes in there.

“I’m sure that the analysts, the guys who are are doing their homework on players, potential Celtic players, will have a big list.

“There should be at least five for every position in the Celtic database.

“Probably, the likes of Manchester City and all these teams, there’s probably 20 for each position.” 

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