Rafa Benitez is set become the next manager of Celtic according to a sensational report overnight. The Mirror are reporting that former Liverpool boss Benitez is being lined up to replace Neil Lennon and go head-to-head with his former captain, Steven Gerrard.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 24, 2021
There is reason to be sceptical of the story and it appears to be what Mirror Sport understands; however, the Chief Football Writer for the Sunday Mirror has put his name to the story so there could be cause for cautious optimism.
There is nothing concrete in the report but it would be a sensational move by the club to secure a top manager. It may be disrespectful to Neil Lennon to discuss a vacancy that isn’t there but there is a sense of inevitability that he will leave the club.
Lennon will always be a club legend even if this season has been a disaster. The buck must stop with those above him and not the Irishman albeit it seems as if his second spell will come to an end shortly.
However, Daily Mail’s Rob Draper said yesterday that Rafa-Celtic would be unlikely – with the Spaniard not coming to Celtic.
Rafa Benitez v unlikely to end up at Celtic. Premier League still the most likely destination. But not Newcastle. The acrimony at the end was too great for reconciliation
— Rob Draper (@draper_rob) January 23, 2021