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Introducing: Roberto Martinez, Celtic’s dream Brendan Rodgers successor

Introducing: Roberto Martinez, Celtic’s dream Brendan Rodgers successor

Brendan Rodgers leaving Celtic came as a shock to many and none more so than the club’s supporters.

The new Leicester City boss had built an affinity with the fanbase after delivering so much success in such a short space of time.

The riches of the Premier League, however, evidently proved to be too enticing, leaving Celtic now needing to look for a permanent successor with a former candidate for the hot seat being someone that Peter Lawwell and co should consider once again.

Roberto Martinez, who held talks over becoming the Celtic boss back in 2009 (The Scottish Sun), could just be the man to take the reins from Neil Lennon and permanently succeed Rodgers.

The 45-year-old’s work with the Belgium national team alone arguably makes him a standout pick.

Martinez, of course, guided the Red Devils to a third place finish in last summer’s World Cup at England’s expense with the former Everton manager getting his tactics spot on in some very big games that tournament.

Belgium’s performance in their quarter-final win over Brazil obviously comes to mind with little details such as deploying Romelu Lukaku out wide proving to be a masterstroke.

What is most impressive, though, when it comes to Martinez and this Belgium side is how well he has gotten the team to gel.

During his tenure as head coach, Marc Wilmots failed to make Belgium a cohesive unit while struggling to find a way to get the best out of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne simultaneously.  Martinez, in contrast, has had no such problem, which is a credit to his management.

At Celtic, he will obviously not be blessed with that sort of individual quality. However, the Spaniard has shown enough at Everton, Wigan and Swansea City to suggest he could bring a lot to Celtic Park and that he is not simply a coach carried by great players.

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