As Celtic prepare to face Hearts on Wednesday, Hoops fans will be somewhat anxious about their club’s future with Brendan Rodgers likely leaving Celtic Park to take over the reins at Leicester City after Claude Puel was sacked at the weekend. Today we will go through the three men leading the way as favourites to succeed Rodgers at Celtic.
After the ex-Celtic player and manager recently left Hibernian this month due to a spat with board members, it was a hot topic of where the Northern Irishman was going to go next, but with Rodgers’ departure from Celtic, there finally seems to be an answer to to that question.
Bookies have made Lennon the favourite to take over at Celtic. Celtic fans, despite being unhappy at losing Rodgers, would be happy with Lennon taking over as manager as his previous record at Celtic speaks for itself. In two-hundred and twenty-seven games Lennon picked up one-hundred and fifty-nine wins giving him a win ratio of 70%, which is just higher than the win ratio of 69% that Brendan Rodgers accrued, albeit in less games.
It is not surprising that Steve Clarke is the next name mentioned on this list as his time with Kilmarnock has showed Clarke to be a talented manager. He has galvanised a Killie side who were devoid of confidence before his appointment. Clarke has taken control of Kilmarnock in over sixty-eight games and picked up thirty-four wins giving him a win ratio of 50%.
Clarke’s Killie side have been a thorn in the side of both Old Firm sides since the scot’s appointment back in late 2017. Since then Kilmarnock have picked up three wins and three draws in the last nine matches Clarke has took charge of against Rangers. In the six matches that Clarke has taken charge of against Celtic, Killie have picked up two draws and two wins.
An outsider bet to take over as Celtic manager is ex-player David Moyes. Currently David Moyes is a free agent after leaving West Ham at the end of last season. Moyes played in twenty-four matches for Celtic before moving on to a whole host of British clubs in Scotland and England.
However it is his managerial career which makes him a contender for this role, not so much his history with the club. Moyes spent eleven years at Goodison Park as manager of Everton before being hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson to take over the reins at Old Trafford after the legend retired from the game. Despite a brief spell in La Liga with Basque outfit; Real Sociedad, Moyes has largely spent his managerial career in England and this job would be his first managerial role in Scotland. A blemish on his career would be his time with Sunderland who were relegated under his control.