To say Brendan Rodgers’ imminent departure from Celtic has cause quite a stir would be an understatement. Regardless of what happens with him, there will have to be another manager who fills his void at Parkhead. That man won’t, and shouldn’t be, Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke.

Whilst it would be an appealing prospect for Clarke to be the man that could deliver 10 in a row, he is better off staying at Rugby Park. Many people on social media have been quick to link Clarke with the job, and others are worried he may move to Celtic Park. But there shouldn’t be any need for such hysteria.

The Killie boss is going nowhere. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s inevitable the Killie boss will move on at some stage, but that won’t happen this term. It also won’t be to join the Premiership champions.

Moving down south seems more viable for Clarke


One thing Clarke doesn’t have at Killie is pressure. He has already went above and beyond his targets at Rugby Park. Clarke can continue to revitalise his Killie side quietly, making the necessary changes needed to his squad without having to worry too much about results.

That all changes at Parkhead. You need to win almost every game you play. If you don’t, the fans and the media are on your back. With how well he has done at Killie, would he want to risk that legacy for this pressure? Everything he has done in Ayrshire would quickly be forgotten about if he failed with the Hoops.

The grass isn’t always greener elsewhere. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Clarke’s family are based down south, so the chances are he would be reluctant to make a long term commitment north of the border. Clarke will most likely want a job in England, especially after the sectarian storm he had to weather last week.

The Killie boss is an honest and humble man, would he really want to throw away his reputation at Kilmarnock? Whilst fans would be thankful for the job he has done, moving to one of the Old Firm would leave a sour taste in the mouth.

Clarke would be making the wrong move if he chose to join Celtic. Not only does his reputation with Killie take a hit, it also gambles his managerial career. If you fail at Celtic, that’s what you are remembered for and the chances of a move to a decent team down south would diminish.

Clarke has to stay in Ayrshire. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Clarke will leave Rugby Park in the future.  That’s in the future though.

For now, Clarke remains in the Killie dugout and there he shall remain until he says otherwise. One thing that is almost certain: Clarke’s next club won’t be Celtic.

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