Celtic are supposed to hire a new boss in the coming months in order to transform the team around as soon as possible to contend for the championship next season, but there will be a big change in the summer.
Few managers have a stronger credibility than Rafa Benitez when it comes to managers that are actually available.
The Spaniard has previously controlled Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Napoli, and Valencia, and has collected a number of titles at the highest stage of the game.
As a consequence, several have wondered whether he will be involved in the Parkhead work. Even though the Hoops have a long and illustrious past, it is undeniable that they cannot contend with the clubs listed above in terms of finances or in Europe at this period.
Benitez is confirmed to have rejected Bournemouth, which is positive news for Celtic.
According to the Daily Record, Benitez is searching for a club that can give him a “dream” that will excite him. He has already turned down Bournemouth, according to The Daily Mail (via The Scottish Sun).
In that respect, few ventures are as intriguing as the one to restore Celtic and return them to their former glory as Scottish Champions, as well as to return them to the Champions League, a tournament they have struggled to qualify for for three consecutive seasons.
With Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, and Kristoffer Ajer set to depart, and Jeremie Frimpong having already departed, any new manager would require a sizable transfer budget to reconstruct the squad for next season. Could this entice Benitez to consider the role at Parkhead?
Only time will say, I guess. However, if the club is successful, it would be an even bigger management coup than Brendan Rodgers’.