Sunday 23 October 2016

Celts job interests Clarke

Steve Clarke Photo: Getty Images
Steve Clarke Photo: Getty Images

Former Reading and West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke has expressed his interest in succeeding Ronny Deila at Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.

Neil Lennon, the former Celtic boss, and former Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay have already said they would want to be considered.

Deila announced last week that he would stand down at the end of the season.

"There are a lot of good managers out of work and Celtic is a great club," Clarke said. "If they want to give me a call, it would be nice." Norwegian Deila, whose side are on course to win a fifth consecutive Scottish title, expressed frustration at being unable to improve his side, who exited both domestic cup competitions at the semi-final stage and also had poor results in European competition.

Former Scotland full-back Clarke spent most of his playing career in England with Chelsea after joining from St Mirren.

He was assistant manager at Newcastle United, Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool before taking over at West Brom but has been out of work since being sacked by Reading in December.

"Celtic is a massive club and anybody that comes from the west coast of Scotland understands the size," said the 52-year-old. "Next year will be fantastic with Rangers back in the top flight.

"Aberdeen made a good fist of it this year and hopefully Hibs will come back up through the play-offs from the Championship and it can be a really exciting league next year.

"It's a big job and Celtic I'm sure have it in their own mind who they want to go after."

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