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Claims of Rafa Benitez going to Celtic are surely laughable?

6 months ago
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Interesting to hear increasing chatter north of the border that Rafa Benitez could move to Celtic in the summer.

Not sure where this all started but I was up in Glasgow this week and Celtic supporters I was speaking to, are clearly thinking/hoping this could have some substance.

There are bits and pieces appearing in the media (see below) but surely it is just wishful thinking on their part?

The clock is ticking down and now only 52 days until Newcastle play their last game of Rafa’s current contract, so obviously speculation on the manager’s future is going to increase by the day.

However, I just can’t see any way that Rafa Benitez would be stepping down to that level.

The level of most clubs/players is Championship/League One and Celtic are walking the league each season.

The suggestion that European football might tempt Rafa Benitez is something I just can’t see, Even if Celtic got into the Champions League group stages the level of players Rafa could sign is so low that trying to compete is all but impossible at European level.

Whilst many people find it difficult to identify exactly which jobs would be an ideal fit if Mike Ashley does force him out of Newcastle, Rafa Benitez has recently said that if he is having to look for another club, he doesn’t rule out that club being on the continent, even though his family are still based in north west England.

Obviously the only sensible thing that should happen is that Mike Ashley should sell Newcastle United, or allow Rafa Benitez the backing and freedom to run the club properly. Sadly, I find that about as likely to happen at the minute as I do Rafa ending up at Celtic.

Report from ETims:

‘The talk is of who might be the man to get the Celtic job on a permanent basis, and one name is being mentioned much more than any other.

He’s been around a bit, and is out of contract in the summer.

As usual, I’ve heard something, and I’m telling you. Technically, I read something and wrote it down for you, but thats not as catchy a phrase.

Whatever comes of this, it means that there is a bid to bring someone else in for next season. A surprisingly mature way of doing things for Celtic , which also means that they have plans for Lennon, possibly as some sort of ambassador.

Benitez has European pedigree, and isn’t going to get European football with Newcastle any time soon. Maybe thats the carrot he’s biting at.’

Another article in March from the Hail Hail Celtic independent site:

‘As everybody knows by now, Neil Lennon is the interim Celtic boss until the end of the season. What everybody doesn’t yet know is who is going to be the Hoops boss next season.

Obviously if Lennon wins a league and cup double there will be a groundswell for him to be given the job on a permanent basis.

But even if he does win the double, there is a man the Celtic boss should approach to take over in the summer. That man is Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez.

It is no secret that Benitez isn’t happy at Newcastle. He has constantly been at odds with owner Mike Ashley. This is particularly the case when it comes to transfers.

That means that the Hoops would not have to pay compensation to the Premier League side should they approach Benitez.

It would be a huge coup to get a manager of his class to Scotland, far bigger than the appointment of Brendan Rodgers.

Benitez has won the Champions League, and trophies in England and Spain. He would instantly become the best manager in Scotland.

It would be a dream appointment, and Celtic should go about making that dream a reality.’

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