Celtic set to battle West Brom to sign Alex Neil

Celtic are reportedly eyeing a move to make Preston boss Alex Neil their permanent manager.

What’s the story?

According to The Birmingham Mail, West Brom want Neil to replace Darren Moore, who was sacked in controversial fashion with the Baggies in the midst of the Championship promotion race.

However, the report claims that they face competition from Celtic, who are yet to name a permanent replacement for Brendan Rodgers.

Neil Lennon has been in interim charge since February, but it appears he is not top of the shopping list after Neil’s impressive season with Preston North End.

Under-appreciated

With all the talk around Daniel Farke, Chris Wilder and Marcelo Bielsa, whose respective teams hold the top three spots in England’s second tier, the job done by Neil seems to have gone overlooked.

Preston have one of the worst squads and smallest budgets in the Championship, yet the Deepdale outfit sit just five point short of the play-offs.

Neil’s team have scored the second-most goals of teams outside the top five, and between January and March they went on a terrific run, earning 27 out of a possible 33 points while not losing a single game.

Former Wigan & Fulham man, Jimmy Bullard recently showed that he’s still got it! Check out the video below…

The 37 year-old formerly managed Norwich and Hamilton, where he mustered win percentages of 42% and 55% respectively.

Neil is inexperienced, but has already shown an ability to overachieve with the tools at his disposal and score lots of goals while doing it, so Celtic fans, would you back a move for the 5 ft 7 Scot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below…

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