Chris Wilder would not have the respect of the Celtic dressing room if he was appointed as their new manager, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender insisted Sheffield United’s “hopeless” Premier League campaign under Wilder and their poor recruitment means he would not be the right fit.
Wilder is out of work after leaving the Premier League’s basement boys earlier this month.
He is the odds-on bookmakers’ favourite for the post and was 10/11 (Sky Bet) on Saturday afternoon.
Asked whether he would be a good fit at Parkhead, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I don’t.
“The way that Chris Wilder has developed over the last few years where he has run the club from top to bottom, he’s had the opportunity to do what he wants. But he’s shown with a little bit of money recruitment wasn’t good last summer.
“I think he needs a bit of a break. If I was Celtic, I’d be thinking ‘is that a manager that we want right now?’ I don’t think it is, to be honest. I think they need someone different.
“From doing no wrong for the last four or five years what’s gone so wrong this season? You can’t just blame one or two injuries. The players aren’t playing the same.
“He’s brought in strikers that just aren’t good enough and haven’t scored.
“You have to look more in-depth. He’s been great for four or five years but at the moment he hasn’t.
“Players will look at it and think ‘Hang on a minute.’
“When you walk through the door as a manager you either get respect for what you’ve done as a player or you get respect for your track record.
“I know over the past few years he’s been good, but this year they’ve been hopeless.
“They’re on track to be the second-worst team ever, therefore your stats say you’re the second-worst Premier League manager ever.
“How do you change a player’s attitude? If the first game goes wrong they’ll be thinking ‘this guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about.’
“How do you change that around? There are some big, strong characters at Celtic so how do you convince them?
“I just think it wouldn’t be the right move.”