Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke now EVENS to become the next Celtic manager

Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke now EVENS to become the next Celtic manager

Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke now EVENS to become the next Celtic manager

Brendan Rodgers hasn’t come across as a completely satisfied figure in recent times, with it appearing more and more likely by the week that this could be his final season in charge at Celtic.

For the euphoria of the late winner against Kilmarnock, there was the disappointment of Valencia last Thursday, which really gave the impression that Rodgers has ultimately gone as far as he possibly can with this group of players.

Domestic dominance, it seems, is ultimately leaving the Northern Irishman unmotivated and in need of a challenge, with the only area in which Celtic are now able to further develop being in Europe.

Rodgers, though, feels they must spend in order to do so: “The money gives you belief. Otherwise lesser players would be up at that level,” he said.

“If you have players of that quality, and a big number of them, they have a belief.”

“It’s just a certain level that you can go to. It’s as simple as that,” Rodgers added.

“If you try to just matchup against better players then the likelihood is you’ll lose. Part of the development here since I came was to have a blueprint that allows you to try to do it differently.”

New era?

Rodgers has been placed as the 1/2 favourite with Paddy Power to be the man to take over from Claude Puel as Leicester City manager at the end of the season, leaving a huge void in the dugout at Celtic Park.

The man to take over from Rodgers could well already be coaching in the Scottish Premiership, with Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke now being the favourite to become the next Celtic manager.

Paddy Power have him at evens to be the next man in charge of the Hoops following an incredible season with Killie that currently sees them sat fourth in the table. At one stage it seemed as if they would contend for the title, though they have since fallen 14 points adrift of Celtic.

Despite taking just two points from their last four league games, only the harshest of critics can bemoan the job Clarke has done during his time at Rugby Park, establishing them as a top-half team in the Scottish Premiership.

Leaving his boyhood club would be a difficult decision, but one which very few Scottish coaches have turned down in their careers. Taking over from Rodgers would be no easy task, but the same can be said about when he stepped into the breach of the struggling Lee McCulloch at Killie.

Other contenders

According to current odds, Clarke is the outstanding frontrunner to be the man to succeed Rodgers if he chooses to go elsewhere, with Paddy Power offering 10/1 on the next men in the frame.

That includes Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta, who also spent two years playing for Rangers between 2002-2004, which would hardly make him a popular appointment amongst sections of the Celtic faithful.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is also 10/1 for the job, having had a successful spell in charge of his country but is often linked to a return to club management following his Euro 2016 exploits.

Former Celtic midfielder Paul Lambert completes the trio of 10/1 candidates, currently finding himself employed by Championship strugglers Ipswich Town and would almost certainly jump at the chance to return to Celtic Park.

Outside of those three are another three former Celtic heroes in Neil Lennon (14/1), Henrik Larsson (16/1) and Paolo Di Canio (20/1). Whoever it is that eventually succeeds Rodgers has some almighty shoes to fill.

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