According to recent reports, Gheorghe Hagi has denied that he is in talks to take over from Neil Lennon as Celtic manager.
A report by Romanian website Playsport had claimed that Celtic ‘would strongly like Gica Hagi’ as the club’s next manager and that the Parkhead side are ‘in negotiations’ with the 55-year-old about him taking over from Lennon, following a highly disappointing season under the Irishman.
However, shortly after the article was published, Hagi – who played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona in his time as a player, and is currently the manager of Liga 1 side FC Viitorul Constanta – spoke out, stating that the report did not hold any credibility, confirming that he was not in talks with Celtic.
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While it would appear that Hagi is not in the frame for the Celtic job, it is hard to argue that Lennon is not in extreme danger of losing his position in charge of the reigning Scottish Premiership champions, as, following their 1-0 defeat to Rangers on Saturday, the Hoops find themselves 19 points behind their Old Firm rivals in the league table.
However, from Hagi’s personal point of view, the fact he will not be taking over from Lennon will likely make life a little easier with his family, as his son, Ianis Hagi, currently plays for Celtic’s bitter rivals, Rangers.
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