Chris Wilder is a “phenomenal” manager and would be a “great choice” for Celtic, according to Paul Robinson.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, pointed to the 53-year-old’s track record of developing players and operating on a relatively small budget when backing him to succeed Neil Lennon.
Wilder left Sheffield United on Sunday ‘by mutual consent’ with the Blades bottom of the Premier League and nailed on for relegation.
Sheffield United confirms that Chris Wilder has left the Club by mutual consent.
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) March 13, 2021
He instantaneously became the bookmakers favourite to take the vacant manager’s position at Parkhead, where John Kennedy is currently on caretaker duty.
Robinson recognised that Wilder is not the “big name” that many Hoops fans desire.
“I think Wilder would instil some much-needed grit and determination into that side,” he told Football Insider.
“He is maybe not the huge name that Celtic fans want. There has been talk of Rafa Benitez and Roy Keane but Wilder has proved himself.
“He has proven it in the Championship and Premier League. He made average players into Premier League players.
“His exit from Sheffield United was a difficult one because there was clearly issues with transfer policy and finances. The relationship eventually broke down and came to an end.
“He is a top-class manager and to achieve what he did at Sheffield United, with the budget they are on, is phenomenal. Although Celtic are a much bigger club they will have a very similar budget I imagine. He would be a great choice.”
The Irishman, 44, is currently football partnerships and pathways manager at the Etihad.