Neil Lennon’s return to Celtic’s been quite eventful, as he’s achieved quite a lot of success since taking on from Brendan Rodgers. However, in order to show ambition, the Hoops need to target better.
Indeed, Peter Lawwell and the rest of the Hoops’ brain trust need to be ambitious here and think outside the box if the Scottish champions are going to hold off Rangers in the long-term.
So, as per reports (via the Daily Record), odds have suggested the club are keen on making Rafa Benitez their new manager from next season. Out of contract on Tyneside next season, no one is quite sure what will happen in regard to his future, considering the rather fraught relationship he’s had with Mike Ashley over the course of his three years in charge.
While looking for a new challenge, Parkhead could be an appealing option for him.
What the Magpies could lose would definitely Celtic’s gain. Not only will they be able to withhold their stronghold in the Premiership, but Benitez’s stature and experience can make them a force to be reckoned with. The Hoops have been disappointing in European competitions in recent seasons, but with Benitez’s arrival, that can change.
The Spaniard is a rare manager to have won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup during his celebrated managerial career. When it comes to European competition, he knows what ingredients are required to make the Hoops a commendable team outside their country.
With the correct signing and time to learn his philosophy, Rafa could weave his magic at Celtic. Not only would he drastically improve their style into a more attractive form of football, but he’ll also help the Hoops regain their reputation in pulling off surprises in European competitions.
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