It has been a disappointing few days at Celtic with the club having lost to Hearts last Saturday before being knocked out by Greek side AEK Athens in the Champions League last night.
Celtic were booted out of Europe’s elite competition after goals from Rodrigo Galo and Marko Livaja condemned Brendan Rodgers’ men to a 2-1 defeat (3-2 on aggregate), and talkSPORT host Jim White believes there could now be consequences for the club going forward.
Speaking on talkSPORT prior to Celtic’s elimination, White said: “If Celtic were to go out now I think Brendan would think, ‘I need to win something huge in football to show that I have been a top coach.’
“When he looks back at his career he’s got to win something huge and I think Brendan, with all his ambition, will think that maybe if it doesn’t happen at Celtic it might happen elsewhere.”
And, should White be correct and Rodgers does decide to call time on his successful spell as Celtic manager at the end of the season, then the club should make an ambitious move to appoint Laurent Blanc as his successor.
On paper, Blanc may seem like a very unrealistic name to most Celtic supporters. However, the World Cup-winning defender, who is currently unemployed and has been for some time now, is at a cross roads in his managerial career.
Blanc was recently overlooked by Chelsea after they identified Maurizio Sarri as the ideal candidate to replace Antonio Conte (Le Parisien via Get French Football News), while prior to that he had no such luck in pursuits of vacancies at other top European powerhouses since his departure from Paris Saint-Germain (via Daily Mail).
With that in mind, Celtic could be the perfect platform for Blanc to relaunch his managerial career again and the Ligue 1 winning manager would bring much to Celtic Park.
The style of football — which has an emphasis on ball retention — that Blanc has his team’s play would excite Celtic supporters, while what he has accomplished in the game both as a player and manager could go far in luring good players to Celtic Park.
There is nothing concrete to suggest Rodgers will leave Celtic next summer but, if he does, the club hierarchy should go all out to bring Blanc to Glasgow.