Former Chelsea defender considered ‘right’ for the Celtic job ahead of Frank Lampard

Former Chelsea midfielder and assistant supervisor Eddie Newton believes ex-Blues defender Steve Clarke could possibly be a greater match for the vacant Celtic supervisor’s place forward of Frank Lampard.

Neil Lennon stepped down on Wednesday after a disastrous defence of the Hoops’ league title, with the reigning champions 18 factors behind Rangers and virtually sure to be denied an historic tenth-straight crown.

Lampard has been put in among the many favourites to take over at Parkhead following his Chelsea departure in January with studies claiming he’s “open” to the thought however any is unlikely till the summer time.

That might put him up in opposition to his former England teammate Steven Gerrard, in cost throughout town at Rangers, however Newton believes Scotland boss Clarke is the person for the job.

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Clarke, who made greater than 300 appearances for Chelsea between 1987 and 1998, has led Scotland to the European Championships, their first worldwide match for the reason that 1998 World Cup in France, and has home expertise with Kilmarnock in his homeland and West Brom in England.

“He has completed extraordinarily properly with Scotland and very properly within the Premier League, he has been a Championship supervisor and now he’s a nationwide group supervisor so he has the pedigree to enter Celtic,” Newton, who served as Lampard’s assistant at Chelsea earlier than becoming a member of Trabzonspor, informed Sky Sports activities.

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Eddie Newton undertakes a Chelsea coaching session at Cobham in 2018

“I do know him personally. He’s a implausible character who doesn’t mince his phrases. A typical Scottish man who doesn’t mince about along with his phrases.

“However he is an effective man and proper at this current second he can be an excellent candidate for Celtic.”

Lampard has been put in as fourth favorite behind Clarke, former Bournemouth supervisor Eddie Howe – a long-term goal for Celtic – and caretaker boss John Kennedy who might feasibly now maintain the function till the summer time.

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“I believe Frank will nonetheless be licking his wounds,” Newton added.

“He will probably be maintaining a tally of all completely different situations which might be taking place. It’s that horrible a part of the job – different managers and seeing their demise and possibly that’s an opportunity so that you can step in.

“He will probably be doing the identical at this current time. Whether or not Celtic is one thing he’s solely he’ll know.”

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