Date: 28th March 2021 at 5:15pm
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Speaking on the latest episode of the A Celtic State of Mind podcast, Russell Boyce has admitted he has a ‘dream appointment’ in mind for the permanent role at Celtic. 

Celtic have been without a permanent manager since Neil Lennon parted ways with the back in February and John Kennedy took over on a temporary basis.

One name which has been linked with the permanent role is the current Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez, who is set to manage Devils at Euro 2020 in the summer.

When asked who he would like to see on the touchline for the Bhoys next season, Boyce was quick to hail to the former Wigan manager.

He said: “Roberto Martinez. So, irony being he would be the absolute dream appointment now. And in 2011 Roberto Martinez was probably slightly unfancied by a large section of the Celtic support.

“I, from my memory anyway, believe a lot of them probably thought Owen Coyle would be maybe a better bet for the Celtic gig than Roberto Martinez – which is frightening.”

Boyce went on to praise his work while he made his name in English football, where his tactical approach at the likes of Swansea City earned him many plaudits.

He said: “I think people forget what legacy he’s leaving at the clubs, what future-proof planning he’s made at those clubs, what in terms of the mindset, what their whole footballing philosophy is going forward, the brand of football, the youth setup – everything that he was involved in at these clubs.

“We shouldn’t be turning our nose up at achievements of working your way up through those leagues, particularly if you’re doing it in the brand of football that Martinez was.”

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Other names to be mentioned a possible candidate for the job include Eddie Howe, Chris Wilder and Jesse Marsch, to name just a few.

Celtic lost out on making it 10 consecutive Scottish Premiership crowns this season as city rivals Rangers won the 5 title in their history.

TIF Thoughts on Martinez as Celtic manager…

47-year-old Martinez has his eyes set firmly on this summer’s Euro 2020 , which could be a problem for the Celtic hierarchy who may want a manager secured before the summer so they have the chance to establish their transfer targets ahead of the new season.

The likes of Howe and Wilder are currently without a job which could prove a more realistic option for Celtic to pursue if they do want someone in come the end of the current season. Either way, it will be interesting to see who they choose for the job.

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