‘This is a club I respect a lot’: Thierry Henry talks himself up for the Celtic job while lavishing praise on Steven Gerrard’s ‘ridiculous’ achievements with Rangers
- Thierry Henry has refused to rule himself out of the running for the Celtic job
- Scottish giants are to appoint a new permanent coach at the end of the season
- John Kennedy took over as caretaker boss after Neil Lennon’s exit in February
- Henry admires what Steven Gerrard has been able to achieve in Scotland
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has refused to rule himself out of the running to be the next Celtic manager, while heaping praise on Scottish football and the job Steven Gerrard has been able to do in Glasgow.
Henry has been away from the dugout since February after stepping down as boss of Montreal Impact.
Now, however, the Premier League icon says he is hoping to return to management and admits he has always had a respect for Celtic.
Thierry Henry has talked himself up for the Celtic job and says he has great respect for the club
‘With all humility, whatever is going to come my way, I’m not saying that should come my way, but whatever comes my way I’m going to evaluate,’ Henry said on the Robbie Fowler Podcast.
‘I’m sure they’re going to work on what they’re going to work on. I don’t know what’s happening there, this is a club I respect a lot I’m sure like a lot of people in the world, but that I don’t know about.
‘All I know is I want to coach and be back out there. You look at what Stevie G (Steven Gerrard) has done, and it’s just ridiculous. What a man. I knew he was going to deliver.’
Henry lauds the ‘ridiculous’ achievements of Steven Gerrard and the patience Rangers gave
Henry went on to outline how much he appreciates the time Rangers have given to Gerrard, in order to let him craft a team before making a charge to wrestle away Celtic’s dominance in the SPL.
Speaking from experience, Henry knows that little patience is now afforded to the men on the touchline and that results are expected immediately.
During his first foray into management, with his former club Monaco, Henry found himself dismissed from the post after just four months in charge. He left with a record of just four wins, five draws, and 11 defeats, from 20 games in charge.
Henry added: ‘What I like with Rangers is they gave him time to build a team, to grab the players he wanted and make sure they were going to play.
The Frenchman stepped down as first team coach of Montreal Impact in February
In his first venture into management, Henry lasted four months at Monaco before being axed
‘I love that they gave him the time to be able to catch Celtic, because if not, how are you going to do it? You need more than one season and two seasons.
‘To go back to what you asked, I have massive respect for both clubs, but I’m just trying to wait and see.
‘I am available, and I don’t know what’s going to come my way but I want to coach for sure.’
Former Manchester United and Celtic man Roy Keane has also been heavily tipped for the position, with current interim manager John Kennedy expected to be relieved of first team duties at the end of the season.
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