Top-5 names in the frame for Celtic job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 21 April 2016, 12:46

The Next Celtic Manager Market has been peppered with bets following Wednesday's news that Ronny Deila will step down at the end of the season. A host of former Celtic players dominate the betting at this early stage in proceedings, while there are a few other high-profile names in the mix.

Check out the top-5 contenders below:

David Moyes

The in-demand David Moyes is poised to have one hectic summer as various clubs battle it out for his prized signature. The Scot has been hotly linked with Aston Villa, Swansea, former club Everton, and now Celtic, for which he is the early 11/8 favourite (Bet victor).

Moyes, of course, began his playing career at Celtic, while he has previously spoken of his love for the club, and the passion of the fans. The former Man Utd boss has only an old Division Two title and Community Sheild to his name on the silverware front, but a move to Celtic could see him significantly bolster his CV on this front, while he'll also have a chance to once again test himself in Europe.

Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon was quick to hurl his name in the frame for a return to Parkhead. The former Celtic boss spent four successful years in charge of the club, winning a hat-trick of SPL titles, and a brace of FA Cups, while who could forget Celtic's stunning victory over Barcelona in the Champions League.

Lennon, whose blip at Bolton is unlikely to affect his chances, is next in the mix at a best-priced 7/2 (Bet365) to take charge of the Bhoys once again, while his trademark passion, desire and fire would no doubt be welcome with open arms.

Roy Keane

Since his disappointing last spell in the dugout came to an end with Ipswich back in 2011, Keane has spent time as a TV pundit, number two to Paul lambert at Aston Villa, and currently an assistant to Martin O'Neill at the Republic of Ireland, a position he has held since 2013.

However, Keane may now fancy a return to the managerial arena with the Scottish giants. The former Sunderland boss, who spent six months as a player at Parkhead, turned down the Celtic job two years ago, but the time may now be right to take on the job (13/2 with Bet365).

Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill's reputation has soared since he took the Northern Ireland job in 2011. Since then the highly-rated 46-year-old has led the country through to their first European Championship in France this summer, moulding together a team that are very tough to beat - topping their qualification group with just one defeat in 10 matches.

Obviously O'Neill's main focus is Euro 2016, but come the end of the tournament the lure of club management, especially with a big club like Celtic (8/1 Paddy Power), could just prove too difficult to turn down.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers may not be situated in the upper echelons of the betting market, but at 20/1 (Bet Victor) he represents a decent outside bet to return to management with Celtic.

Venturing north of the border could be the perfect career move for the Ulsterman, who will be determined to restore his reputation following a disappointing end to his three-year spell at Liverpool.

Rodgers has been consistently linked with a summer move to former club Swansea, with whom he led up to the Premier League in 2011. But, Rodgers may now fancy jetting up to Scotland, with the extreme likeliness of silverware no doubt making a move tempting.

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