Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic were recently dealt a major blow after Brendan Rodgers left the club in order to link up with Premier League side Leicester City.

What will make the departure a bitter pill to swallow for many fans especially is the fact that it came whilst the Hoops were on the verge of winning yet another Scottish Premiership title.

It will certainly do nothing to silence the naysayers of Scottish football who believe that winning titles with Celtic is secondary to Premier League competition.

Following the departure of Rodgers, the Hoops resorted to hiring former boss Neil Lennon on an interim basis until the end of the season.

The Daily Mail have reported this week that Preston boss Alex Neil is being considered by Celtic as a potential long-term option.

The Scotsman has earned plenty of praise for the work which he has done this season. He has managed to keep Preston in contention for a place in the Championship promotion playoffs despite having had to work on a very tight budget.

Despite only being 37-years-old, which is relatively young for a manager at the highest level, he has plenty of experience under his belt.

Neil does have prior experience managing in Scotland, after having led Hamilton Academical between 2013-15.

He also previously led Norwich City to Premier League promotion via the playoffs in 2015.

However, Neil’s latest comments suggest that Celtic will have to look to other options.

“When I was at Norwich I was linked with the Rangers job and now this,” he told the Scottish Sun.

“It is rare to be linked with Celtic and Rangers because people like to think you are one or the other.

“I have no thoughts about moving club or anything like that.

“I am the Preston manager and I am enjoying my time here and we have a lot of scope to improve. Being the boss here has my full focus.

“I don’t look at the speculation in the papers or social media. I get made aware of it but sometimes I find it funny more than anything else.

“I will just crack on with my job here.”


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