Barry Ferguson is tipping Graeme Murty to be the man that ends Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run.
March 12 is the date ringed in the diary of all hoops fans who were hoping to enjoy another tactical master-class from Mark Warburton.
The former city trader was informed last Friday that he had resigned with Murty put in charge for the foreseeable future.
A heavy defeat against Dundee, Inverness Caley Thistle or St Johnstone could see Murty sent back to the Development squad but as things stand the Reading legend is bound for the east end on March 12.
Ferguson has been mentioned in dispatches for a role in the new management team but without the funds to pay off Warbo, Davie Weir and Frank McParland it’s clear that the tribute act will be going for cheap and cheerful replacements.
Murty faces his first SPFL match in charge against Dundee on Sunday with Ferguson confident that the new brogues will be a success.
“The trick is for him to take it one game at a time and relish every single minute of it,” Ferguson told the Daily Record. “Don’t look any further than Dens Park and work out how to get a win there.
“But if it ends up that he’s still in charge for the Old Firm derby next month then he shouldn’t look at that as a poisoned chalice. He should seize the moment and treat it as the biggest game of his life.
“He should be the first man off that team bus. Chest puffed out. Proud as punch. Striding up those stairs and leading his players into battle, with hundreds of Celtic fans roaring abuse at him. I don’t see why he should be worried about that. That’s the reason we took our coaching badges in the first place. That’s what it’s all about.
“Never mind worrying about getting a bad result. Imagine you’re the guy who comes away from Celtic Park having stopped Brendan Rodgers in his tracks?
“Imagine being the Rangers manager who stopped Celtic’s Invincibles?
“This isn’t something to dread, it’s the chance to become a hero. And that’s what we all want as young managers.”
Ferguson is in his third season in charge of Clyde who are anchored in mid-table of the bottom division.