Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has urged the Hoops to make contact with Rafael Benitez after taking a hit in their attempts to land Eddie Howe.
Talking to Football Insider, McAvennie urged his former club to go and get Benitez, describing a potential deal as ‘huge’, as he said:
“There was talk in the press about Rafa coming up here.
“He’s another man who wants to run things his own way, it’s why he was run out of Newcastle, [Mike] Ashley wanted to control everything.
“But he’s out of the job so why don’t Celtic just go and get him? He’d be a great manager at Parkhead and he could come now.
“I hope we’ve gone and asked him because if Newcastle can get him, then so can Celtic. It would be huge.”
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Transfer Tavern take
McAvennie is correct when citing talk about Benitez moving to Glasgow in the press. Reports way back in January, when Neil Lennon was still in charge, suggested that the former Newcastle manager was set to be appointed.
Of course, a move never materialised, and we don’t think it would be possible this time around, either. Benitez confirmed that he would like to return to management in the Premier League, while was also on a whopping £12m salary at Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.
Lennon was on £2.4m per year, so financially you wouldn’t expect the Hoops to be able to compete for the Spaniard.
In other news: Premier League club having second thoughts on deal for Celtic star, find out more here.
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