With a League Cup loss to Ross County added to their ten-in-a-row chances dwindling by the week and a European campaign that never got going, it’s fair to say Neil Lennon’s second stint at Celtic could be drawing to a close – but our punters think Celtic could try to play the hits again by bringing back another ex-manager to rescue their pursuit of a record-breaking title.
Gordon Strachan (6/4) is now favoured by our traders to land in the Parkhead hot seat, with the Bhoys watching their revived Glasgow rivals Rangers streak ahead in the Scottish Premiership.
The former Man United, Leeds and Scotland midfielder won three titles in four seasons when he replaced Martin O’Neill in 2005, and the Hoops could turn to him to pull the trick off again in 2020/21 should Lennon exit.
The 63-year-old replaces ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe (5/2) as favourite, though he’s still second in the betting should the position open up in the coming weeks.
Current West Ham boss David Moyes (14/1), however, has dropped out of the reckoning in our odds-compilers’ view, with Roy Keane (6/1), Henrik Larsson (6/1), Marco Silva (7/1) and Malky MacKay (17/2) lined up next according to the market.
And there’s even a chance that Steve Clarke (9/1) says bye-bye to the national team job and Euro 2020 (in 2021) by turning up to save the Celts’ season.
The nine-in-a-row champions were beaten 2-0 by Ross County on the weekend, their fourth home defeat on the bounce, and irate supporters outside the ground following the loss saw police called to protect staff.
Police have been deployed to Celtic's ground after hundreds of fans gathered to protest against manager Neil Lennon.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 29, 2020
So, no pressure Gordon.
The angry scenes also follow embarrassing defeats to Sparta Prague at home and away in the Europa League, and come as their Stevie G-led cross-city rivals hold an 11 point advantage in the league, though Celtic have two games in-hand to cut that deficit – if they win them.
- Gordon Strachan (6/4)
- Eddie Howe (5/2)
- Roy Keane (6/1)
- Henrik Larsson (6/1)
- Marco Silva (7/1)
- Malky MacKay (17/2)
- Steve Clarke (9/1)
*All odds correct at time of publication
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