Dream Celtic appointment Ralf Rangnick still available after he rejects German move

By Euan Davidson

March 20, 2021

A dream Celtic appointment still has an outside chance of joining the club.

Yes, it’s on the more unrealistic end of the scale. Yet, Ralf Rangnick is available, having turned down a role at beleaguered Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

In a statement, the 62-year-old former Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig boss said there were “too many uncertainties” at the club to take up a permanent backroom position. There are strong rumours linking Rangnick to the Germany job [Goal], with Jogi Löw set to leave after the delayed Euro 2020.

Rangnick won the DFB Pokal, a German League Cup and a Super Cup over two brief spells in Gelsenkirchen. However, his statement from earlier today read [Bulinews]:

“Schalke is very close to my heart. The overwhelmingly positive reactions from members of the Königsblauen community have influenced me and confirmed my feelings for this very special club.”

“I would have loved to been involved in helping Schalke on its difficult road back to its former strength. Unfortunately, due to the numerous uncertainties within the club at the moment, I do not see myself being able to take on sporting responsibility at S04 at the moment.”

“My wish for all members and supporters of the club is that they will successfully join forces to unify Schalke on and off the pitch and lead it back to the top.”

Ralf Rangnick, former RB Leipzig head coach / (Photo by Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ralf Rangnick: an unlikely Celtic appointment, but nothing ventured…

Given the speculation linking Ralf Rangnick to the Germany national team, it seems unlikely he’ll turn up at Celtic Park. Certainly, the club have lured big names to the club before. But given Rangnick’s reputation in Germany, and the likely departure of Julien Nagelsmann from Leipzig this summer, it’s likely the manager will stay local.

Talk about a dream appointment though. Rangnick is skilled at both coaching and the recruitment side of the game. Along with management, Rangnick has worked as a Director of Football for RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg. He’s also been the Head of Sports for Red Bull more generally.

Under his auspices, New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Bragantino have achieved remarkable success. The former have won 3 supporters sheilds; the MLS award given to the club with the best regular season record.

As either a manager or a director, Rangnick has blazed trails. Although the involvement of Red Bull in football is wildly controversial, Rangnick’s role in scouting, staff management and coaching is undoubtedly impressive.

File under: You Never Know.

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