Barca & Madrid legend wants big challenge – have Celtic missed their chance?

With Michael Laudrup saying that he wants to manage a big club, should Celtic have been interested?

Former Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has revealed that clubs in the Premier League have made contact with him.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder was sacked as the Swans boss in February following a disappointing run of results that saw them slip perilously close to the Premier League relegation zone.

However, the legendary Dane took the Welsh outfit to their first ever major trophy success in the 2012-13, guiding them to League Cup success in his first season in charge of the Premier League outfit.

Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and one of the very few who are loved by both the Barca and the Madrid supporters, Laudrup has had mixed success in his managerial career.

While enjoying trophy success with Danish club Brondby and making Getafe an attractive side to watch in the 2007-08 campaign, he failed miserable at Spartak Moscow before going on to take charge of Real Mallorca for one season.

Laudrup has often been touted as a future manager of Barcelona and Madrid, and it seems that the 49-year-old is keen on climbing up the managerial ladder. So far the former Denmark international has been in charge of clubs with modest ambitions, but now he wants to go a step higher.

‘I have talked to clubs in England and Spain’, he told Politiken. ‘I have tried smaller clubs in the two big leagues, Getafe and Mallorca in Spain and Swansea in the Premier League. Therefore, I do not see any reason to repeat it. That leaves with me two options: to wait for an offer from a big club or accept one the offers I have received from clubs outside Europe’.

Southampton and West Bromwich Albion are both searching for new managers, but from Laudrup’s comments, it appears that he will not be interested.

What about Celtic? Surely, the Scottish champions are a big enough club for Laudrup who can also offer him Champions League football? True, he would not face much of a challenge in winning the Scottish Premiership, but wouldn’t he relish adding a winner’s medal and a good run in Europe to this CV?

Would Celtic be interested in making an approach to Laudrup? Former West Brom manager Steve Clarke is said to be the favourite to take over at the Glasgow giants, but with an agreement yet to be in place, is there still time for the Hoops to make an approach?

Answers on a postcard, please.

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