Craig Burley backs Rafa Benitez for Celtic boss

By Connor Gordon

May 21, 2019

Former Celtic star Craig Burley wants the club to loosen the purse strings for Rafa Benitez.

The 10-in-a-row stopper sees the ex-Liverpool gaffer in the ‘top drawer’ of managers.

Some of the Hoops faithful are calling for another box office manager following Brendan Rodgers’ departure.

Signing the once upon a time Champions League winner would see to that.

Craig Burley wants Rafa Benitez at Celtic

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The Benitez name has been on the end of most fans’ lips as speculation rises about his future.

Craig Burley backs Rafa Benitez as next Celtic boss. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

The Newcastle boss is continuing talks with the club’s hierarchy to see if he will remain in England.

Should they break down, there will be a whole host of clubs on the phone to him.

Burley believes Celtic should be one of them and should stump up the cash required.

He told TalkSport: “I just think if Celtic want to make a statement, they have to go after somebody like a Benitez or somebody with a bit of ilk who has got a CV.

“He’s a Champions League winner, I think he won the league in Spain when he was managing there. We’re talking top drawer managers.”

However, Burley brings up a fantastic point about the new gaffer being backed.

Rafa Benitez must be given more money than Brendan Rodgers. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Some will say Rodgers’ ambitions weren’t matched and this will continue to happen.

Burley wants Rafa Benitez to be backed by board

The pundit wants to assure the support that the new manager has the cash to spend or there’s no point.

He said: “But if you bring a big time manager in like Benitez, you’re going to have to give the guy money or it’s a waste of time.”

Burley thinks if the board don’t have ambition then Neil Lennon should keep the job on.

Neil Lennon hugs Chief Executive Peter Lawwell on Sunday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, the directors should want what’s best for the club – and that’s not lower ambition.

It’s time for the money men to put their money where their mouth is and get rid of the biscuit tin mentality.

Failure to do so will only let Rangers and the like in the backdoor to stop our domestic dominance.