Celtic betting update: Keane odds slashed amid £15m budget rumours, Steve Evans latest


Ronny Deila is leaving Celtic this summer - who could replace him?

Last month, Celtic confirmed that manager Ronny Deila will leave the club this summer, as his rolling contract will not be extended.

The Norwegian arrived from Stromsgodset in 2014, and whilst he won the Scottish League Cup and Premiership last season, his second term in Glagsow hasn't been quite so successful.

The Bhoys may have won the title in somewhat unconvincing fashion, but Deila oversaw disastrous exits from the Champions League and Europa League, and the Scottish Cup defeat to Old Firm rivals Rangers - currently in the second tier - has seen Deila lose his job.

Fans are wondering who could replace Deila this summer, and bookmakers have been pricing up odds for some of the frontrunners. With odds supplied by Oddschecker, here are some of the main names being discussed today...

Paul Lambert: Former Celtic midfielder Lambert will become a free agent in the coming weeks, having announced that he will leave Blackburn Rovers this summer. The Scot was a Celtic hero during his playing days, and whilst his time in charge of Aston Villa wasn't much to write home about, he did impress with Norwich City. A man who knows Celtic inside out, Lambert is one of the frontrunners for the job at around 11/2.

Neil Lennon: Another ex-Celtic player, Lennon spent four years in charge of Celtic between 2010 and 2014, before leaving and being replaced by Deila. Now a free agent having left Bolton Wanderers in March, the 44-year-old is a popular figure amongst sections of the Celtic support, and he is as short as 3/1 to make a return to the Celtic Park dugout.

Steve Evans: Leeds boss Evans looks set to leave Elland Road this summer, and a move to his boyhood club Celtic has been touted. Chairman Massimo Cellino is likely to replace Evans despite the Scot keeping Leeds in the Championship, and given his passion for Celtic, he looks to be an option for the Bhoys - and having been 14/1 last week, he is now as short as 8/1 for the Celtic job this summer.

Roy Keane: Yet another former Celtic player, Keane was in contention for the job in 2014, before pulling out of the running. Now touted again, a report from the Sunday Post claimed that Keane will be offered £15m to spend on transfers in a bid to tempt him back to Celtic Park, as he's currently assisting Martin O'Neill with the Republic of Ireland national team. His odds have been slashed all the way down to 2/1 today, and the suggestion of Keane heading back to Glasgow is gathering considerable pace.

The favourite - Brendan Rodgers: The former Liverpool boss is believed to be keen on a return to management this summer, and as quoted by The Guardian, he admitted last week that Celtic are an iconic club. Bookmakers have responded by making the Northern Irishman the favourite for the job, even if his odds have drifted out to around 15/8 today.

Who would you like to see Celtic appoint this summer?

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