Should Celtic look at Slaven Bilic if Brendan Rodgers leaves?

New West Ham manager Slaven Bilic looks on during the UEFA Europa League match between West Ham United and FC Lusitans at Boleyn Ground on July 2, 2015 in London, England.

Should Celtic look into hiring Slaven Bilic if Brendan Rodgers leaves this summer?

Manager of Celtic Brendan Rodgers celebrates with fans the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

If rumours are to be believed, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is a manager very much in demand.

According to The Scottish Sun, Southampton are the latest Premier League side to be keen on the Northern Irishman, having fired Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday.

The Celtic manager has been previously linked with Everton and Arsenal in recent weeks and time will tell whether this is his last season at Parkhead.

If it is, Rodgers will be leaving big shoes to fill for his successor, but should the Hoops' hierarchy explore the idea of bringing former West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic to Glasgow?

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic (R) and Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gesture during the English Premier League football match between...

Like Rodgers, Bilic would be heading North of the border with a reputation to rebuild after being sacked by West Ham earlier this season.

But the Croat did initially look like an outstanding appointment after leading the Irons to a seventh-placed finish in the 2015-16 campaign - a season where Champions League qualification was on the cards - and surely the Scottish Premiership giants couldn't baulk at a name that carries that much clout.

Slaven Bilic applauds his fans at the end of the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

The former Besiktas coach also proved himself a shrewd operator in the transfer market early on and four signings that he made within his first six months in East London remain big players for the Premier League side - Pedro Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini.

Not only that, but the 49-year-old also found and spent £500,000 on a certain Cenk Tosun for Besiktas in 2014, the Turkish hitman who Everton paid £27 million for in January and the ability to spot and nurture future gems will always be a valuable tool at a club like Celtic.

Fans of the Parkhead club would be devastated to see Rodgers leave, but it's imperative that the Bhoys hire someone capable of building on the foundations that Rodgers could leave behind and there are far worse candidates than Bilic. Are there many better available?

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