Report: Celtic deny approach from Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink about replacing Deila

Guus Hiddink

Celtic have reportedly denied that Guus Hiddink's representatives have contacted them about replacing Ronny Deila.

According to the Daily Mail, Celtic have denied receiving an approach from Guus Hiddink and his representatives about becoming their new manager.

The Bhoys may be set to win the Scottish Premiership title, but they announced earlier this week that manager Ronny Deila will be leaving the club this summer after an underwhelming season.

Exits from the Champions League, Europa League and Scottish League Cup all piled pressure on Deila, and after losing on penalties to Old Firm rivals Rangers in the Scottish Sup semi-finals last week, the Norwegian won't have a future at Celtic Park.

A number of names have been suggested from Neil Lennon to Roy Keane, and from David Moyes to Brendan Rodgers, but another interesting name has been mentioned.

The Daily Mail suggest links to Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, but report that Celtic have completely denied receiving an approach from the Dutchman and his representatives about taking Deila's job this summer.

Hiddink, 69, has impressed again at Chelsea since replacing Jose Mourinho back in December, winning ten of his 23 games in charge to steady the ship at Stamford Bridge.

A wise, hugely experienced manager who has enjoyed success domestically and on the international stage, Hiddink will leave Chelsea this summer when Antonio Conte takes over, and may want to stick around in management despite his advancing years.

Yet, as he approaches 70, he won't be the long-term solution that Celtic are looking for, and even if he and his representatives had approached Celtic, it's doubtful that they'd have given him the job despite his position with a major Premier League club.

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