Celtic have ‘long, long list’ of Deila replacements in mind

Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell has confirmed the hunt for a new manager is well under way and that they will use it as a chance to revitalise the club’s fortunes.

The Celtic chief told the Scottish Sun that they have already drawn up a shortlist of managerial candidates:

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“It’s an opportunity to change and reinvigorate. We have a long, long list which we’ll shorten. There are the usual suspects, if you like, but hopefully there will be others we talk to as well.”

“The further afield you go the more risk there is. We need to ask: ‘Is that something we want to consider right now?’ or should we be taking a lower risk option with someone closer to home. We want somebody to create a team that will participate in the Champions League. We’re a Champions League club in everything we do.”

The use of the phrases like ‘usual suspects’ and ‘closer to home’ tends to suggest Celtic will be focusing on someone close to the Scottish club who has either played for the team or has close connections with the Bhoys.

Roy Keane, Neil Lennon, David Moyes and Paul Lambert are all potential candidates who would fit the bill and will no doubt by contacted and sounded out by the club in the not too distant future.

With the Champions League qualifiers in mid-July, the Hoops will want a manager in place relatively soon in order to make sure the new boss has time to prepare for probably the most important matches of the season.