The dream appointment is still on the cards for Celtic supporters. The name Ralf Rangnick is one that’s been popular with fans and indeed, he could still make a move to Glasgow.
Rangnick had been linked with the Germany job but he was also reportedly in discussions over a sporting director role at Schalke.
However, according to the man himself, that is now firmly off the table.
The 62-year-old issued a statement this weekend reading: “Schalke is very close to my heart. The overwhelmingly positive reactions from members of the Königsblauen community have influenced me and confirmed my feelings for this very special club.”
Rangnick added “I would have loved to been involved in helping Schalke on its difficult road back to its former strength. Unfortunately, due to the numerous uncertainties within the club at the moment, I do not see myself being able to take on sporting responsibility at S04 at the moment.”
This is a major twist in Celtic’s hunt for a new manager. Only a few days ago it looked as though the German’s name was one they could cross off the shortlist.
Yet, they can now firmly put him at the top of their list again.
This is incredibly exciting news for Celtic fans. They were lusting after Rangnick a few months ago but it looked as though their hopes had been diminished this week.
That being said, the possibility of the German now arriving at Parkhead has been elevated.
Commentator Derek Rae revealed all the way back in November that a deal would only be struck if he was enthused by the project in Glasgow. As can be seen from his statement regarding Schalke, it takes a very particular set of circumstances for him to move.
Celtic have their own issues and uncertainties, but if he joins, it could be revolutionary for the Bhoys. That’s because of his unbelievable achievements at Leipzig.
During his stint with the Bundesliga club, he helped develop players like Timo Werner and Naby Keita, deploying a transfer strategy that was based around signing players exclusively under the age of 23.
Known as the professor of the high press, he was also incredibly meticulous behind the scenes. Rangnick was very demanding, expecting players to arrive at training 90 minutes early in order to undergo saliva and blood tests.
As a consequence, he was able to work out how hard his squad would be able to train. They would also test gluten and lactose and tailor diets to each individual’s requirements as a result. His methods were so meticulous that he also brought in a sleep coach.
It’s pretty evident why this would be a dream hire.