Date: 7th December 2020 at 5:20pm
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Paul John Dykes, John-Paul Mason and Colin Watt discussed Celtic’s 1-1 Premiership draw with St. Johnstone this past weekend on a recent live stream for Hoops-focused YouTube channel A Celtic State of Mind and Watt spent some time praising ex-Celtic player Stiliyan Petrov for his analysis of the game. 

As explained by The Daily Record, Petrov was on media duty for the Hoops’ draw with St. Johnstone on Sunday and the former midfielder, who won four Premiership titles during his time at Parkhead, was critical of Celtic’s players, declaring that their lack of urgency was disappointing and stating that he didn’t think the Glasgow club’s players were being aggressive and playing on the front foot.

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Petrov’s analysis of this game certainly made a positive impression on Watt, judging by what he had to say about the Bulgarian on this live stream, as he called for Petrov to be part of any potential new Hoops coaching setup that replaces under-pressure Celtic boss Neil Lennon. 

He said: “I thought his analysis at half-time was absolutely outstanding. He really knew what he was talking about and if there was a new coaching team to come in, I wouldn’t be against Petrov being part of that.” 

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TIF Thoughts on what Colin Watt had to say about Stiliyan Petrov…

Given that he spent seven years at Parkhead as a player and enjoyed plenty of success at the club in that time, perhaps it’s understandable why Watt has called for Petrov to be part of a potential new Hoops coaching setup should Lennon depart from the Glasgow club. 

However, it may be fair to say that Petrov’s coaching career hasn’t been anything to write home about. 

As per Transfermarkt, the Bulgarian has only held one coaching position so far in his career, with the 41-year-old having been the assistant manager of Aston Villa’s U23s for three months in 2013. 

So, as he hasn’t been a coach since then, perhaps it’d be too big of a job for Petrov to hold a similar position to that at Celtic, especially with the club chasing a potentially historic 10th Scottish top-flight title in a row this season. 

As a result, we feel that unless he’d be willing to accept a minor role within a new Hoops coaching setup, perhaps Petrov shouldn’t be considered and the Glasgow club should aim for coaches with more top-level coaching experience if they do opt to change up their coaching team in the near future.