Celtic rival Dan Petrescu could "leave his contract with Cluj"

By David Walton

October 6, 2019

Celtic rival Dan Petrescu’s future with CFR Cluj could be in danger if Dinamo Moscow come sniffing, according to his agent.

Celtic’s Europa League rivals have had their manager since March. However, he also managed Moscow between August 2012 and April 2014. He failed to bring any success to the Russian side, but with Dinamo now looking for a new manager, his name seems to have come up.

Cluj are snap bang in the middle of a tight Europa League group with Celtic. The Hoops knocked off the Romanians in a fine 2-0 win on Thursday night. As it stands, however, we’re only a point clear of Petrescu’s side.

Dan Petrescu is apparently open to leaving our rivals (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

But in comments published by the Daily Record, Petrescu’s agent Nicolae Pirnau stated that his client could leave Cluj for Moscow if they come calling.

“I can say for sure Dan had an enjoyable time when he was manager of Dynamo the last time and always said he had unfinished business there.

“So there is a possibility he could leave his contract with Cluj to go to Dynamo Moscow.

“I don’t think any coach in Romanian football would say no to such an offer from a club as big as Dynamo. The Russian league is a good one too.”

Could Cluj be thrown into turmoil midway through the group?

There’s no denying that Cluj think a lot of Petrescu. We’ve seen that with club director Bogdan Mara continuously praising him throughout our matches against the Romanians.

However, if Dinamo were to lure him to Russia, Cluj could be in big trouble. It could throw them into real chaos if they have their whole management team shook up in the near future. Considering they’re our closest challengers in the group at the moment, that may not be a bad thing at all for us.

Celtic managed to beat Cluj 2-0 at Celtic Park on Thursday night (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

So far, nothing seems to have progressed. Dinamo are still looking for a new manager and Petrescu isn’t exactly in talks with them at the moment. But it’s interesting to see what such a major event could happen to one of our rivals.

Neil Lennon will hardly be paying much attention to it. However, it was clear that we were affected by Petrescu’s mind-games when we lost to them back in August. We could do without that kind of nonsense when we head back to Romania on matchday six.

Neil Lennon has one win, one draw, and one defeat on his record vs Petrescu (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Cluj are up against Vitoul tonight, and Petrescu remains their manager for now. The Romanian appears to have one eye on a potential departure despite only being there for seven months.

This is worth keeping an eye on. But for now, Petrescu remains one of our main European rivals.