Former Newcastle and Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly being lined up to replace Neil Lennon at Celtic, according to The Mirror. 

The 60-year-old is currently without a job after parting ways with Chinese club Dalian Professional last week.

This season has been poor for Celtic by their standards. They are set to miss the chance to win a tenth consecutive league title to Rangers who are sailing towards the title.

Though Neil Lennon remains in charge of the Hoops, he is not expected to remain at the helm of the club beyond the summer.

Benitez could be an excellent appointment by Celtic given that he has proven himself to be a quality manager in England, Italy and Spain.

However, the Spaniard is likely to be expensive to hire and could attract offers from clubs in Europe’s top five leagues, which may make it hard for the Scottish side to recruit him.

Another manager on the rumoured Celtic wish-list is former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who was sacked by the Blues earlier this week.

Lampard could have a good opportunity to rebuild his managerial career if he opts to move north of the border, and would be following in the footsteps of England teammate Steven Gerrard in taking a job in the SPL.

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