Celtic may have to swallow their pride and learn from bitter rivals Rangers as they begin their search for Neil Lennon’s permanent successor.
Lennon left his post as Hoops boss amid a disastrous season that’s about to see Celtic lose their status as Scottish champions, while also performing poorly in Europe.
Steven Gerrard said he ‘wasn’t surprised’ to see Lennon go, with Rangers seven points from denying Celtic a famous tenth straight league title.
There’s a noticeable gap between the two Glasgow teams, a far cry from when Gerrard first came to Ibrox with Celtic firmly top dogs in Scotland.
The tide has very much turned and talkSPORT hosts Tony Cascarino and Ally McCoist suggested Celtic ought to take a leaf out of Rangers’ book as they look for a new manager.
John Kennedy, who was Lennon’s assistant, is caretaker manager and is actually the bookies favourite to be given the job permanently.
However, Cascarino and McCoist insist Celtic must show some ambition and take a gamble, just like Rangers did when appointing Gerrard in the summer of 2018.
Cascarino said: “Rangers made a very ambitious signing in Steven Gerrard and it lifted the whole of Rangers – the fanbase, the owners, the directors and I think Celtic need to do a similar thing. They need to excite their fans and get belief back at that football club.
McCoist added: “I think Casc is spot on. The one thing [Rangers chairman] Dave King did that absolutely grabbed the hope and imagination of the next generation of Rangers supporters was to appoint Steven.
“Steven clearly deserves a lot of credit and I think the job he’s doing is fantastic but the board has shown a little bit of faith in Steven, the fans have got behind Steven, they gave him a few quid to spend which he’s spent very wisely.
“Everything in the garden is very rosy, not just domestically but some of the performances at European level have been fantastic.
“Celtic need an appointment that shows supporters that there are better times ahead, because it’s been an unmitigated disaster this season.”