After Brendan Rodgers quit to join Premier League side Leicester City, there are plenty of questions as to who will become the next permanent Celtic manager.
The 46-year-old left the Hoops after nearly three years at the club, and on the verge of a historic treble of trebles. If they win the Scottish Premiership and Cup then they will have won each of the last nine domestic trophies available in Scotland, an unprecedented achievement.
Neil Lennon has taken on the role of caretaker manager until the end of the season, and is therefore tasked with completing Rodgers' work. The club will then decide who they want to be in charge for the 2019/20 campaign, and we've taken a look at the odds for who will be the next person in full-time charge at Parkhead.
Neil Lennon favourite to be next Celtic manager
It is the man in caretaker charge who the bookmakers currently have as the favourite to get the job full-time, Neil Lennon. The Northern Irishman of course has previously managed at Celtic between 2010 and 2014 and enjoyed great success with the Glaswegian giants during that spell. Indeed he won three Scottish Premiership titles and two Scottish Cups in his first spell at Parkhead making him well liked amongst the supporters, which could work in his favour.
Most recently Lennon was in charge of fellow Scottish Premiership side Hibernian, another club north of the boarder where he enjoyed success. He guided Hibs to the Scottish Championship title in the 2016/17 season and ensured that they became a stable top flight club once again before leaving earlier in 2019.
Having led Celtic to back-to-back wins in his opening two matches against Hearts and Hibernian, Lennon has made a good start in his audition to get the job long-term. If he can guide them to the league title and win the Scottish Cup and thus ensuring the Bhoys win a treble of trebles, he would surely be in pole position. Paddy Power are offering odds of 5/2 for Lennon to be the next Celtic manager.
Could Henrik Larsson return to Celtic?
The second favourite for the Celtic job is a club legend in former Bhoys centre forward Henrik Larsson. The Swede played for the club between 1997 and 2004, helping them win four league titles and four domestic cup competitions as well as firing them into the final of the UEFA Cup in the 2002/03 season.
Since retiring Larsson has since taken to management and has been in charge of three different clubs, all of which are from his native Sweden. His first job was a three year spell at Landskrona BoIS before also managing Falkenberg and Helsingborg. However, his record isn't the best and he has won just 69 of his 193 matches as a manager, giving him a 35.75% win ratio and he has not had a job since 2016 so it would be a risk for Celtic to appoint him.
Paddy Power are currently offering odds of 7/2 for Larsson to become the next Celtic manager, but that was cut from 11/1 after a punter placed a five-figure bet on it. Whether there is actually anything in it or just a wealthy punter operating on a hunch remains to be seen.
Would else in contention to take over at Celtic Park?
Another who's odds to get the Celtic job in the summer is Red Bull Salzburg manager Marco Rose. The 42-year-old was out at 33/1 when the market first became available, but has now been backed in has odds of 5/1 to be appointed.
He is one of the most highly rated young managers in Europe and has done a brilliant job with the Austrians, who are in the last 16 of the Europa League and on course for another domestic title. His team play an exciting brand of football and he showed Celtic what he can do earlier in this season as Salzburg beat the Hoops twice in Europe. He is also more than capable of working with a tight budget, indeed Salzburg's wage bill is currently less than Celtic's which could appeal to the Glasgow club.
Preston North End manager Alex Neil is another who is in the running to become the next Celtic manager according to bookmakers. The 37-year-old has done an excellent job at Deepdale and has the Lancashire side in contention for a play-off place in the Championship this season despite having one of the divisions smaller budgets. He also did well at previous club Norwich City, guiding the Canaries into the Premier League after arriving from Hamilton Academical.
A Glasgow native, Neil's work has not gone unnoticed at Parkhead and Paddy Power currently have his odds at 15/2 to take over at Celtic.
Celtic Manager First League Game 2019/20 Season Odds:
(All odds from Paddy Power)
- Neil Lennon - 5/2
- Henrik Larsson - 7/2
- Marco Rose - 5/1
- Alex Neil - 15/2
- Steve Clarke - 10/1
- David Moyes - 14/1
- Ralf Rangnick - 16/1
- John Kennedy - 20/1
- Slaven Bilic - 20/1
- David Wagner - 20/1
- Jack Ross - 20/1
- All Others 25/1 +