Next Celtic manager odds as Chelsea legend joins early three-horse race
Early this morning, the news broke that Neil Lennon had tendered his resignation at Celtic, following a dire run of form that has seen the Hoops fall 18 points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers.
Celtic next manager contenders (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Ahead of a much-needed summer rebuild, Celtic will be looking to appoint the right individual for the challenge, and a host of high-profile candidates have been linked with the position over the past few months.
Here's a look at OddsChecker's top twenty contenders to become Celtic's next manager, as the race starts to heat up:
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Offering an experienced option, Hughes has racked up 610 matches as a manager, taking charge of the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City. His last role was with Southampton, who he left after just 27 games in 2018.
He was part of the coaching side that saw Celtic claim a third domestic treble on the bounce in 2018/19, and went on to assist Stephen Kenny in the Republic of Ireland job.
He's out in China managing Beijing Guoan, after losing his job at West Brom in December despite getting them promoted last season. He's been linked with the Celtic job a fair few times in the past.
The Welshman has done a fine job since returning for a second spell at Luton Town, saving the side from relegation last season and working to establish them as a mid-table side in the 2020/21 campaign.
Could the Arsenal legend bring some much-needed 'Va va voom' back to Celtic Park? He was recently linked with the Bournemouth job, before Jonathan Woodgate was appointed.
This would be quite something, wouldn't it? However, the bookies don't appear to fancy the chances of the Hoops legend getting the job. He's currently working as Ronald Koeman's assistant at Barcelona.
The Hoops youth academy product enjoyed two spells with the club during his playing career, before retiring in 2017. He's currently a coach for the Belgium national team, who are ranked number one in the FIFA world rankings.
The 68-year-old had a spectacular spell with Celtic in the '00s, winning seven trophies and getting the club to a UEFA Cup Final. He's been biding his time looking for a new role, since leaving Nottingham Forest in 2019.
Strachan won three league titles on the trot with Celtic, but hasn't taken a new managerial role since leaving Scotland back in 2018. The 64-year-old racked up a 48% win ratio while in charge of the national team.
When a manager odds long-list comes up, you can bet your bottom Petrescu will be on it. He's managed no less than 14 clubs in his post-playing career, and has only just been named the Kayserispor boss.
An eye-catching career saw the Italian feature for the likes of West Brom, Juventus and Sevilla, before he retired at Verona in 2017. He's yet to manage a side, but has had three jobs as an assistant, including a spell with West Ham.
He's doing a fine job at Hibs, winning over half of his games in charge so far. The odds of becoming the next Celtic boss are currently pretty long, however.
His Preston North End side continue to flirt with the play-off places in the Championship, but can't quite go the extra mile and secure promotion to the top tier. The ex-Hamilton man has been at Deepdale since the summer of 2017.
Keane finished his playing career with Celtic, and is believed to be eyeing up a return to management - a decade on from a spell with Ipswich Town. In his first job, at Sunderland, he won the Championship back in 2007.
Would Clarke really give up the chance to manage Scotland in their first major tournament since 1998? Prior to taking on his current role, he had spells as an assistant with Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as managing West Brom, Reading and Kilmarnock.
Having managed the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid and Napoli in his coaching career thus far, the 60-year-old has built up quite the CV. His most recent role was out in China, managing Dalian Professional FC.
He's done a stellar job with Belgium, but could be tempted back into club management in the near future. His team finished in third place in the 2018 World Cup.
A run of dismal results saw Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich dismiss the Blues icon earlier this season. He secured a top-four finish in the 2019/20 campaign, despite being unable to sign new players due to the club's transfer ban.
He'd be a popular choice for the job, that's for sure. The charismatic coach took the Cherries all the way from League Two to the Premier League, and at the age of 43, he's still got plenty of years left in him.
The interim manager is currently the bookies' favourite to become the next permanent Celtic boss. During his playing career, he was capped once at senior level for Scotland.