Wilder would be ideal for Celtic after BBC update reveals all - Whelan
Chris Wilder’s time at Sheffield United may have ended sourly but he would restore organisation and discipline to Celtic – qualities they have sorely missed.
That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after tensions between Wilder and the hierarchy at his old club were revealed in the wake of his sacking on Friday.
BBC Sport reports that Wilder wanted to sign a centre-half and midfielder in the January transfer window but, to the 53-year-old’s great frustration, he was not financially backed.
Wilder had been with Sheffield United for five years and oversaw a meteoric rise from League One to the Premier League.
But he was dismissed on Friday and has since been named by bookmakers as the favourite to be appointed as Neil Lennon’s permanent successor at Celtic Park.
Whelan insists that Wilder’s straight-talking approach and sense of disciple would be invaluable to a Celtic side who have endured a rocky campaign in 2020-21.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think he’s a manager that’s very honest in what he does. There’s no airs or graces, he’ll come out and say it like it is.
“I think a lot of the Celtic players will need a bit of that quite frankly and I think he’d be a breath of fresh air for them.
“You can see what he’s brought to Sheffield United. You can see he’s assembled that drive, that fight, that organisation which hasn’t been there at Celtic this season.
“Especially defensively at Celtic, it’s been woeful at times this season. I think he’s a very good candidate for the club, absolutely.
“It would be great for the players to have somebody like that. He has that attitude where he’ll say it how it is. There will be good man-management but there will be a lot of honesty dished out if they’re not performing.”
Wilder joins Roy Keane and interim boss John Kennedy among the frontrunners for the vacant position.
Celtic ceded the league title to rivals Rangers earlier in March and are at a 20 point disadvantage to Steven Gerrard’s side going into the Glasgow derby on Sunday.