As well as several potential new players coming through the door, Celtic are also keeping one eye on their managerial situation. Amid a disappointing 2020/21 season, whispers of Neil Lennon being axed as head coach are swirling.
The Hoops have been heavily linked to former Liverpool and Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez. The Spaniard recently left his position over in China and is said to be in the picture as a potential Lennon successor, as per The Mirror.
But Benitez isn’t the only man reportedly in talks with the club. According to recent bookmakers’ odds, Frank Lampard is in contention to become the new Hoops boss after he was sacked from his position at Chelsea, via talkSPORT.
Rob Lee spoke to Football FanCast about the idea of Lampard following a similar path to Steven Gerrard and moving to Glasgow.
“I’m not sure he’d [Lampard] do that”, the pundit admitted. “I think Frank will have a bit of a sit back now. For me, he’s done really well – being so young and taking on a club the size of Chelsea.”
Indeed, the Stamford Bridge icon took over from Maurizio Sarri in 2019 and helped guide the Blues to a Champions League spot last season. Lampard was also awarded Manager of the Month in October 2019 after Chelsea put in some great performances in both the Premier League and Europe.
However, after splashing about £200million on summer signings, the club decided to give Lampard the boot. Chelsea have slipped behind the pack and are currently in eighth place on 30 points – 11 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Darren Bent believes Lampard would be an ideal fit for Celtic and has urged the former defender to make the switch. However, right now Benitez remains the favourite to take over from Lennon but the race is tight.