Danny Mills has told Celtic not to appoint Mick McCarthy as their next manager and instead look at a younger coach with a more progressive style of football.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Manchester City defender praised McCarthy for his work at Cardiff City but insisted the Glasgow giants need somebody who can push them on.
Football Insider revealed last week the ex-Hoops captain is on the shortlist for the vacant post at Parkhead with his Cardiff contract expiring at the end of the season.
The 62-year-old only took the Cardiff job in January and has enjoyed an unbeaten start to life in south Wales with the Bluebirds just two points off the play-offs.
Celtic are managerless after Neil Lennon resigned his position last week following a 1-0 defeat to bottom of the league Ross County.
“I think Mick’s fantastic,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He’s done an absolutely unbelievable job at Cardiff with what he’s done.
“But if Celtic are looking to progress and move forward when you look at styles of play and everything else they’re probably looking for a slightly newer-style manager and slightly younger manager.
“It’s a big job and it’s always a big pull, no matter who you are or where you are in management.
“I just think, realistically, if I was in charge of Celtic, as good as Mick is, you’re not bringing him in to save them. You need to bring somebody in who can push forward and take them to the next level.
“As good as Mick is, and the age he is, I think they’ll be looking for a slightly younger coach perhaps.”