RONNY DEILA’S revelation he’d leave Celtic at the end of the season surprised no one – so who’s next for the Parkhead hotseat?
Deila will land a second title before he goes but with Rangers in the lower leagues that was never going to be good enough and he’s flopped big time on the European stage.
To be fair he hasn’t backed him with hard cash and next season’s manager will want assurance the purse strings will be loosened.
The new man will be everything Deila wasn’t – experienced and tough-talking and probably British or Irish and one who can make budget demands.
All the usual names are being bandied about – the likes of old Bhoys Davie Moyes, Neil Lennon, Henrik Larsson, Alan Stubbs and Roy Keane.
Yesterday most of the money was on Moyes, who is now odds on at 10-11 with McBookie, and Lennon – backed from 4-1 to 9-4.
Moyes fits the bill but will have options and while Lennon would love a return after a painful spell at Bolton that might be seen as a sideways step.
Keane gets on well with Dermot Desmond and could be the man – or a Keane and Martin O’Neill double act after the Euros. Keane is a biggest 6-1 at Ladbrokes.
An outsider who fits the bill is Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers but whether he’ll be attracted to Scotland is another thing. Rodgers is 20-1 at McBookie.
McBookie spokesman Paul Petrie said: “The betting market to replace Lennon was our highest ever from a turnover point of view and there is no reason why this one shouldn’t be even bigger.
“None of the names stand out and a lot will depend on what sort of budget is made available. Let the fun and games begin.”