Jose Mourinho’s potential move to Celtic apparently revolves around the club’s Champions League hopes.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who are yet another source who believes that an offer has been made to the Portuguese tactician.
The Mail has stated that a big part of Mourinho’s decision is about whether Celtic can make strides in Europe. The club hasn’t made the Champions League last-16 for five years. As well as that, the Hoops were dumped out of the third qualifying round last year by AEK Athens.
Celtic have had an off and on relationship with the Champions League over the years. Over the last decade, Celtic have reached the group stage on four occasions. Only one of which seen us qualify for the last-16 under Neil Lennon in 2012-13.
Ronny Deila then failed to get us past the playoff stage in his two campaigns in charge. That was before the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, who managed two out of a possible three group stage qualifications during his time at the club.
The report from the Mail goes totally against what the Daily Record stated yesterday. The Record said that Celtic had dismissed any notion of going for the former Manchester United manager. “High-ranking officials” at Parkhead had apparently moved to disregard the story.
A move to capture the imagination
But it does still make for interesting reading, and has certainly captured the imaginations of the Celtic support since it was first touted.
If the Mail’s story is true, that would be interesting. Celtic’s main priority for the next two years is surely to maintain their domestic dominance and sealing Premiership titles nine and 10. It’s what we all crave, and any new manager must embrace that desire from the Celtic support.
But at the same time, progression in Europe would only help push us further away from the rest of the pack in Scotland. A manager with an ambition to come in and make a name for himself on the European stage with Celtic isn’t exactly off-putting.
These Mourinho rumours just won’t go away though. It’s no surprise that ambition at European level could be a key factor.
There’s going to be an end to this discussion one way or another, however. Will it end with Jose on the Parkhead steps? It still feels incredibly doubtful.