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Claudio Ranieri Is The Latest Big Name To Be Linked With Celtic Job

Claudio Ranieri Is The Latest Big Name To Be Linked With Celtic Job

It looks set to be a big summer for Cetlic, with the club on the hunt for a permanent replacement for Brendan Rodgers. It had been assumed that Neil Lennon would be given the job on a permanent basis following his interim appointment, but it appears Celtic are looking at various options.

Some big names have been linked with the position, with the likes of Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez and Andre Villas-Boas all mentioned in the media.

It appears that another well-known manager is being considered by the club. Calcio Mercato are reporting that Claudio Ranieri is on the club's shortlist of potential candidates.

Ranieri took over at Roma for a second time in March of this year on a short-term contract, but it has been announced that he will depart at the end of the current campaign. It is claimed that he is interested in a move to Scotland.

The Italian wrote his name into the history books by leading Leicester City to one of the most surprising title wins in the history of football, claiming the Premier League back in 2016. He would then be cruelly sacked by the club in February of the following year.

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He has bounced around a bit since, taking in spells at Nantes and Fulham before returning to Rome. Ranieri is a vastly experienced coach, having held 19 jobs in a 33-year coaching career.

It is unsure what Celtic fans would think of the potential appointment, who may be hoping of a more exciting appointment than the 67-year old Italian tinkerman.

Regardless of who ends up in the role, improved performance in European competitions will no doubt be the goal for the upcoming season. Celtic have failed to turn their domestic dominance into any real continental success, although they did reach the knockout stages of the Europa League this season.

Much of that has to do with a lack of investment, with Celtic left behind by their European competitors in terms of spending on transfers. Whoever is in charge next season, that is an area that will need to be addressed.

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Gary Connaughton

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