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The two managers Celtic must consider if John Hartson is wrong

The two managers Celtic must consider if John Hartson is wrong

John Hartson believe Brendan Rodgers won’t leave Celtic at the end of the season – but will the allure of the Premier League be too much?

Brendan Rodgers have been pretty successful during his time at Celtic. Having already led them to two Scottish Premiership titles, and on course for their third following recent Scott Brown heroics, he’s pretty much done all he can to solidify himself as one of the club’s best coaches.

Despite this success, which is all but guaranteed under his stewardship in Glasgow, a man of his managerial quality may now be looking back towards the English top-flight to have a shot at Premier League success.

The Leicester Mercury have already claimed that Rodgers would be more than willing to take the job at Leicester City following reports from the Sun that he’d been approached earlier in the term to replace Claude Puel.

But Hartson has rubbished any claims that Rodgers intends on moving away, instead making the bold statement that he’ll be aiming to win ten-in-a-row at Celtic (source: the Scottish Sun).

Hartson, whose most recent performance commentating the FA Cup has cast doubt over his footballing knowledge, may be a little ambitious in his beliefs.

So, with the very possible departure of Rodgers in mind, here are two possible replacements…

Neil Lennon

A return for Celtic legend Neil Lennon could well be on the cards.

Columnist Charlie Nicholas believes Lennon is a very suitable replacement having already been incredibly successful at the club before spending a miserable two years at Bolton (via Daily Star).

The former Hibernian manager left his most recent club by mutual consent (source: Independent), and now back on the market should be a target for Celtic should Rodgers leave.

His style of football wouldn’t be too dissimilar to that of Rodgers either, so the transition should be a smooth one. Especially since he’s been such a fundamental part of Celtic recent success.

Marco Rose

There’s been no formal links between Red Bull Salzburg manager Marco Rose and Celtic. In fact, just about the only time they’ve been mentioned in the same sentence is when the German led his team to victory over Rodgers back in December.

But we think he’s a very viable candidate.

In a similar way to Celtic, Red Bull Salzburg dominate their respective division. But this isn’t always as easy as one might think. There’s expectations and pressures that managers and players must handle. No comprising; the team must be successful other the manager loses their job.

A huge 14 points separate Rose’s side and 2nd place LASK as Red Bull Salzburg look set to take home their sixth Austrian Bundesliga title in a row.

As Celtic fans will be well aware of, the German demands fluid, fast attacking football (much like their own) and clearly has more European success than Brendan Rodgers – which is what the club have been missing for all their domestic success.

Would be interesting.

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