Report: Celtic add Claudio Ranieri and Laurent Blanc to managerial shortlist

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Former Leicester City and PSG bosses Claudio Ranieri and Laurent Blanc are reported targets for Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

Fulham's new Italian manager Claudio Ranieri poses with a team scarf on the pitch at the club's Craven Cottage stadium on November 16, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL

Claudio Ranieri and Laurent Blanc have emerged as potential managerial targets for Celtic this summer, according to Calciomercato.

The Scottish Premiership champions are looking for a new permanent coach for the first time since 2016. Brendan Rodgers walked away from Parkhead to take over at Leicester City in February and doubts persist about whether interim boss Neil Lennon should be handed the reigns full-time, particularly after Sunday’s dismal Old Firm derby defeat to Rangers.

 

Celtic have been sensationally linked with former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho recently while Slaven Bilic has apparently expressed an interest in taking over and they have both been mentioned as candidates once again by Calciomercato.

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The report, however, has added both Ranieri and Blanc into the mix.

At 67, Ranieri would hardly be a long-term option but he would bring real European experience to a club who have been humiliated in continental competition for far too long.

Claudio Ranieri of Fulham watches from the dugout during the match between Fulham and West Ham United at Craven Cottage on December 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Ranieri famously won the Premier League with Leicester City in 2016 and, after an ill-fated spell at Fulham, has led Roma into contention to qualify for the Champions League since signing a short-term deal with the Italian giants in March.

Blanc, however, has been out of the game for three years now. But the 53-year-old still has an excellent track record, winning four Ligue 1 titles in charge of Bordeaux and PSG. The former Manchester United defender also coached France at Euro 2012.

Laurent Blanc, coach of Paris Saint-Germain talks during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on...

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