Celtic betting update: New favourite emerges, Alex Neil now among favourites

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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 is free to join any club having announced that he won't be extending his contract with Blackburn Rovers. Once a highly-rated manager during his time with Norwich City, Lambert's reputation has taken a beating after a poor spell with Aston Villa, but his connections to Celtic could make him a realistic candidate, and his odds are fluctuating between 6/1 and 12/1 today.

Steve Clarke: Ex-West Brom boss Clarke left Reading in December, and may be looking to get back into management this summer. The Scot earned his reputation as an impressive coach with Chelsea and Liverpool, but his managerial stints haven't been too successful so far. Now down to 12/1 for the Celtic job, Clarke could be a dark horse, but only if Celtic miss out on some of their bigger targets.

Martin O'Neill: Republic of Ireland boss O'Neill spent five successful years in charge of Celtic, and confusion surrounds his future given that no talks have been held over staying in charge of Ireland after Euro 2016. His return would surely appease fans, but at the age of 64, he's hardly a long-term solution for Celtic. Also down to 12/1, O'Neill also appears to be in contention for the job.

Alex Neil: An intriguing link is with Norwich City boss Neil. The Canaries are set for relegation after losing to Manchester United on Saturday, and some questions will be asked about his future. The 34-year-old Scot made his name in charge of Hamilton Academical, and could be an exciting appointment for the Bhoys if they can tempt him back to Scotland. Now down to 9/1, Neil has become one of the favourites for the job today.

The favourite - Roy Keane: Former Celtic midfielder Keane was in contention for the job in 2014, before pulling out of the running. Today, his odds have been slashed all the way down to 1/2, making him the new clear favourite for the Celtic job ahead of David Moyes or Brendan Rodgers.

Who would you like to see Celtic appoint this summer?

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