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.

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.

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“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.”

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Football Insider understands the Hoops want to have a director of football in place before a new manager is appointed and discussions are underway with Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin.

The Irishman, 44, is currently football partnerships and pathways manager at the Etihad.

In other news, it can be revealed how Neil Lennon went out of his way to help Aston Villa beat Celtic to a multi-million pound signing.