He has been linked with the vacant Celtic job in recent times – but it’s Hibs manager Jack Ross and ex-Accies boss Martin Canning who Jesse Marsch knows well in Scottish football.

The twice-capped American international has been heavily-linked with the vacant post at Celtic Park following Neil Lennon’s departure as manager. Marsch has moved around the Red Bull football franchise frequently.

RB Salzburg v KRC Genk: Group E - UEFA Champions League

Jesse Marsch has been linked with Celtic in recent times. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

He has managed New York Red Bulls in the MLS, served as assistant at RB Leipzig and is now manager at Austrian outfit RB Salzburg. A Bundesliga job likely lies in wait but it was Scotland where Marsch earned his coaching badges.

That’s how he met Hibs manager Ross and former Hamilton boss Canning, who both made an impression (BBC): “I wanted to further my education as well as trying to qualify myself to be a coach in Europe.

“I took my badges in the US but I needed to be educated in Europe. Red Bulls had a relationship with Celtic, and Celtic sponsored me to be on the course, which I took from 2018 to the end of 2019.

FBL-EUR-C1-LOKOMOTIV-SALZBURG

Knows Canning and Ross. (Photo by MAXIM SHIPENKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“I had to often fly over on a Saturday night directly after our game on a red-eye, then go straight from the airport to the course that lasted eight or nine hours that day, then get a little bit of sleep that night, then wake up on the Monday and go through the course again and sometimes on Tuesday as well, then fly back and coach my team.

“I did that probably 15 times. Jack Ross was on the course with me and I thought he was really good, Martin Canning too. A lot of the assistant coaches in the league and some that are starting to be head coaches.

“What I learned – not just about Scottish football – but Scottish people, is how welcoming they were, how open they were to the ideas I had, how challenging the course was.”

NTOF now offers a YouTube channel featuring exclusive interviews, post-match discussion, in-depth debate, and much more – LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and don’t miss any of our videos.

Have something to tell us about this article?