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Thierry Henry to Celtic? Arsenal legend speaks on job vacancy

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Arsenal and France legend Henry is on the hunt for a new job after stepping down as manager of MLS side Montreal Impact.

Thierry Henry has refused to rule himself out of joining the hunt for the vacant manager’s role at Celtic and opened up on his coaching philosophy.

Celtic’s near decade-long hold of the Scottish Premiership title ended this season. An 18-point deficit in February to Glasgow rivals Rangers prompted manager Neil Lennon to hand in his resignation. His assistant, John Kennedy, took over on an interim basis.

Who takes over at Celtic Park permanently is now the big question.

Manchester United legend Roy Keane, who spent the final six months of his career at Celtic, is one rumored candidate. Former Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe is also in the running. As is ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez, who left Chinese club Dalian Pro in January.

But, considering Rangers’ success with Steven Gerrard, could Celtic take a chance on another inexperienced Premier League legend?

“With all humility, whatever is going to come my way – I’m not saying that should come my way,” said Henry about the Celtic job on Robbie Fowler’s podcast.

“Whatever is going to come my way, I’m going to try to evaluate. 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, but that I don’t know about. I have massive respect for both clubs in Glasgow. This is not up to me.

“I am just trying to learn. I am available. I don’t know what is going to come my way, but I want to coach for sure.”

The former Arsenal and Barcelona striker, who has previously coached Monaco and Montreal Impact, has attempted to make his teams play out from the back.

“I am learning. I like my team to put pressure on and play out from the back,” Henry said on his coaching ideals.

“People misunderstand the playing out from the back. You don’t have to always play short. You can play a long ball out from the back.”

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