Next Celtic manager odds: Who will be Bhoys boss at the start of 2021/22

Who could be next in the Parkhead hotseat?


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After a disastrous attempt at going 10-in-a-row in Scotland, Celtic boss Neil Lennon finally decided enough was enough. With their lofty ambitions of a historic 10th successive Scottish Premiership title spectacularly over, Lennon called it quits for the second time as Parkhead supremo.

The Bhoys went down the caretaker route but there’s no shortage of possible replacements to dive into the empty chair and try to topple rivals Rangers next season. But who will it be?

Next Celtic Manager Odds


Alright, so that’s a wrap on today’s live updates after Neil Lennon stood down from his job at Celtic early this morning. We didn’t get a major announcement as to who would replace him permanently, but the market’s been fluctuating as the CVs fly in.

In the last hour we’ve seen some big shifts with current interim boss John Kennedy going from 6/5 out to 2/1. Eddie Howe drifted earlier today but is in to 5/2 from 4/1 at one point.

Frank Lampard is making moves as well, going in from 15/2 to 4/1 since out last update. Steve Clarke is shortening up at 5/1 in from 6/1 and 7/1. The biggest mover of the day though is Roberto Martinez who was as short as 3/1 just an hour ago but now finds himself priced a 9/1 and down to joint-fifth favourite with our traders.


One of the less well known names in the running to be the Next Celtic Manager is Enzo Maresca. The former West Brom, Juventus and Olympiakos midfielder only retired from playing in 2017 but the 41-year-old has some coaching experience in the UK under his belt.

Maresca was part of Manuel Pellegrini’s coaching staff at West Ham before he was dismissed in 2019. He’s currently sixth-most likely on our list and is trading at 9/1.


We’ve seen a bit of movement in Paddy’s Next Celtic Manager market with fav John Kennedy, the interim boss, sliding a smidge from 6/5 to 13/10 as of 3pm on Wednesday. Earlier today Roberto Martinez shortened into 3/1 at the expense of Eddie Howe who slid from 3/1 to 4/1.

Steve Clarke has also drifted a tad to 7/1 while Enzo Maresca is in a little from 10/1 to 9/1. It’s still a pretty contracted market but Rafa Benitez was our favourite earlier this week but he’s drifted a long way to 10/1 at the time of writing.


Rafa Benitez could be an interesting option for Celtic and he features high in our markets. He recently walked away from big money over in China and he’s made it clear numerous times that he wants to be based in the UK so he can be near his family.

He even put up with being Newcastle manager for three years, for crying out loud. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss is currently 10/1 with Paddy Power to replace Lennon.


We’ve been going through the front runners but who’s a slightly longer shot? Former Hoops boss Martin O’Neill (20/1) is currently the same price as ex-midfielder Roy Keane. The pair worked together when the former managed the Republic of Ireland but Paddy’s trader rate them both as long shots for the vacant Celtic job.

Another Bhoys great, Gordon Strachan, is a bigger price (33/1) with the goal machine Henrik Larsson even longer (40/1). Could Larsson return as a player manager? He’s only *Googles* 49 years old. Humm.

In terms of the triple-digit prices we’ve got John Hartson, Kenny Dalglish and Chris Sutton (all 100/1) as the standout names while another pair of former managers in Brendan Rodgers (150/1) and Ronny Delia (250/1) also given huge prices. You can check out the full Next Celtic manager market here.


Another man who is seemingly a popular choice with the Parkhead faithful – if social media is anything to go by – is Frank Lampard. The former Chelsea boss is currently our traders’ 5th most likely replacement for Neil Lennon (15/2).

The Chelsea job might have come too soon for him and he paid the price for failing to get results after another summer splurge from The Blues. He won’t have that kind of cash available to him in the east end of Glasgow, but he might be able to bring on some of the club’s younger players.

And, let’s be honest, it would be fascinating to see him go up with his old England team mate and Premier League rival Steven Gerrard once again. Lampard has been linked with the Bournemouth job but could be the man to revive Celtic.


Maybe it was us talking about him there, but Roberto Martinez has just shortened into second favouritism (3/1) as the odds on the next Celtic manager continue to fluctuate this morning. John Kennedy is still the fav (6/5) with Eddie Howe out to third (7/2) ahead of Steve Clarke (7/1).


Another man in the running is Belgium boss Roberto Martinez. He’s in a very similar position to Clarke as he’s gearing up for the Euros this summer.

Martinez has been with The Red Devils for five years already and might be tempted to consider a change of scenery. He’s contracted until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and will surely be targeting the top prize this summer after finishing third at the World Cup in 2018.

The former Everton, Wigan and Swansea boss is no stranger to English football but he’s never managed north of the border. He did play for Motherwell but how much 16 games in 2002 would prepare him for the pressure cooker that is the Celtic job remains to be seen.

Swapping Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku for Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths? Well, that’s another story. The Everton/Liverpool connection would be another intriguing element if he was to take on Steve Gerrard.


Steve Clarke’s name is being banded about a lot by Celtic fans on social media this morning. With John Kennedy being put in interim charge it does give the board time to assess their options going forward.

Clarke is, of course, preparing to lead Scotland at the Euros this summer and you’d imagine he wouldn’t want to leave that post as The Tartan Army gear up for their first major international tournament since 1998. If Clarke is to head to Celtic Park it would surely have to be after the tournament which is not the ideal preparation for The Hoops as they look to immediately dethrone Rangers in 2021/22.

He could agree to take the role prior to the tournament and work with the Celtic hierarchy on player recruitment and long-term planning while staying with Scotland. It would be a tricky balancing act but just hours after Lennon’s dismissal, Clarke is well and truly in the betting to become his predecessor.


Eddie Howe is an early contender to replace Lennon at Celtic Park. The former Bournemouth boss has been waiting for his next opportunity all season after leaving The Cherries on the final day of last term.

Howe was given the heave-ho back in July following Bournemouth’s relegation from the Premier League – but he’s in the picture for a number of jobs according to Paddy’s trusty traders. However, he remains unattached and might be tempted to move north of the border if Celtic come knocking.


This is how the outgoing Scottish Premiership champions broke the news early this morning…


Could John Kennedy get the top job? Possession is nine-tenths of the law, after all.

Lennon’s assistant has been given the top job on a temporary basis and will be keen to impress to himself a chance at getting the gig full-time.

Frankly, it shouldn’t be too hard to impress, given how dreadful The Bhoys have been all season.


Paddy’s traders have been pricing up who could be drafted in following Lennon’s exit.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez has a glowing CV and is a free agent after leaving Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional at the start of the year. Newcastle fans want him back at St James’ Park but he could move north of the border to cut his former apprentice and current Rangers boss Steven Gerrard down to size.

Steve Clarke

There’s a chance that Steve Clarke says bye-bye to the Scottish national team job and Euro 2020 (21?) by jumping ship to try and turn the Celtic dreadnaught around. Clarke is a seasoned campaigner who would probably be a good choice, but would he really miss the chance to manage his country at a major international tournament? It looks like Celtic could stick with Lennon until the summer so maybe Clarke could take over after the Euros?

Enzo Maresca

Enzo Maresca is the first maverick name on our list. The former West Brom, Juventus and Olympiakos midfielder only retired from playing in 2017 but the 41-year-old has some coaching experience in the UK under his belt. Maresca was part of Manuel Pellegrini’s coaching staff at West Ham before he was dismissed in 2019.

Frank Lampard

Could former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard be set to lock horns with his long time Premier League rival and England midfield compatriot Steven Gerrard once again? ‘Super Frank’ was given the heave ho at Stamford Bridge by Chelsea in January and could be looking to get straight back on the horse north of the border.

Eddie Howe

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is still out of a job after leaving The Cherries when they were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season. He’s been linked with a number of jobs in the Premier League but remains unattached. For now.


Roberto Martinez

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez features on Paddy’s list – and that could be in anticipation of a poor showing from The Red Devils at Euro 2020. With Lennon clinging on for dear life, The Bhoys might be biding their time to see who’s available in the summer.

Damien Duff

Damien Duff was until recently on the coaching staff with the Republic of Ireland set up and we think there’s a chance he might be in line for the big job at Celtic Park. The former Chelsea, Newcastle and Fulham winger has coached up in the East End of Glasgow and certainly knows his way around the place.

Alex Neil

Preston boss Alex Neil is ambling along with the mid-table Championship club. He’s been there since 2017 and is doing a decent-enough job. Surely the lure of Parkhead would be too goo to resist for the 39 year old?

Martin O'Neill Celtic Dundee United Scottish Cup Final May 28, 2005

Martin O’Neill

Former Leicester, Aston Villa and Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill won three titles in five seasons at Celtic, having replaced John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish at Parkhead. The Hoops could turn to him to pull the trick off again should Lennon exit.

Roy Keane

Let’s be honest, this is the one we all want to see. Roy Keane strutting his stuff at Parkhead again. Unless, maybe, you’re a Celtic fan. But just picture it; Keane v Gerrard on the touchline in the Old Firm. It’s what memes are made of.

Gordon Strachan

Another former Celtic boss, Gordon Strachan, is in the betting with support for the ex-Manchester United midfielder waning after a flurry of interest saw his price temporarily shorten to 6/4 favouritism.

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widget, while in-copy odds are accurate at time of publication but subject to change

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