Scott McDonald comments on Newcastle United's Rafa Benitez links with Celtic job

Celtic fans enjoying the sunny weather at Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

There have been a number of names linked with the Celtic managerial job, including Newcastle United's Rafa Benitez.

Rafael Benitez, manager of Newcastle United, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

BBC Sport pundit Scott McDonald has made it clear that Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez won't be tempted to make a switch to Celtic in the summer.

The former Hoops striker claimed that the Spaniard wouldn't want to move up to Scotland and he wouldn't be tempted by the money potentially being offered. 

Parkhead legend David Provan admitted to the Scottish Sun that he would 'give his right arm' to have a manager like Benitez walking the touchlines of the Scottish Premiership champions. 


Speaking to Sportsround on BBC Radio Scotland (16/05/2019), McDonald explained why Celtic will find it difficult in trying to lure a man like Benitez to the club. 

"They are going to want to come to the club," McDonald told Sportsround. "Brendan Rodgers was on £3 million a year. How much do you think Rafa Benitez is on at Newcastle? I'd say double that. So, what, he's going to come for £3 million a year? 

"He has to want to come to the club. Brendan wanted to come to the club. He wanted to establish himself here. He [Rafa] is in in the Premier League."

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez gestures from the sidelines during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on May 12, 2019 in London,...

Neil Lennon is currently at the helm after he re-joined the club in February following the abrupt departure of the now-Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers in February.  

Since returning to Parkhead, Lennon has pushed Celtic over the line and won the Scottish Premiership title. Added with that, he has guided them to the Scottish Cup final. 

But their recent defeat to their Old Firm rivals and the style of football they have played has not sat down to well with some of the supporters. 

Neil Lennon the head coach

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