One of the names doing the rounds amongst Celtic supporters right now, as we consider the future of Neil Lennon, is Ralf Rangnick.
The former Leipzig manager had been Head of Sport and Development at Red Bull last year, in charge of overseeing projects at New York Red Bulls and RB Bragantino.
For some Celtic supporters, he’s the model of what we should be looking for as a club with good resources and ambitions to progress in Europe.
Here’s a plan.
Ralf Rangnick, comes in on a 3 year project, to set the blue print for this entire decade. His 1st 18mnths he is Manager supported by young coaches. He works closely schooling these coaches until one of them takes over as manager and Ralph becomes Director of Fball
— Gazzarinho (@gazzarinho1) January 15, 2021
I want Celtic to go for Ralf Rangnick as manager. We’re more likely to go for Ralph Little instead.
— Dee (@cardboardjonny) January 20, 2021
Sorry @CelticFC I know i keep mentioning his name but the only man out there who can fix this mess we are in is Ralf Rangnick but you will need to get rid of Peter who thinks he is a DOF/Manager/Scout first along with the full management Team and end Duffy’s loan!!!
— D Mcguire (@DMcGCfc1888) January 20, 2021
Ralf Rangnick is my choice. Has been ever since Rodgers left although admittedly I wanted him as DoF with Marco Rose managing. Can’t get Rose now but Rangnick is available.
Give him full autonomy to do whatever he wants. Including over budget. CEO ordered to facilitate or leave
— bashibazouk (@scottorandojin) January 24, 2021
The 62-year-old has also had some nice things to say about the Bhoys in the past.
Rangnick is a character who could perhaps straddle a manager and director of football role, overseeing a period of structural change at Celtic Park and Lennoxtown.
That’s the way he’d want to do things too, as former Scottish football commentator Derek Rae explained in November: “Rangnick is free now. But to get him, would have to be a project that really interests him & allows him to do things his way: emphasis on building from ground up with proper funding.”
However, he has an elite reputation and will understandably be in demand throughout 2020.
Why did Ralf Rangnick reject Chelsea?
Chelsea have already tried to recruit him recently, The Athletic reports.
The outlet say that he was offered the Stamford Bridge position until the end of the season. However, it’s stated he turned them down due to the short length of the contract on offer.
He’s clearly looking for a substantial project. Could that suit Celtic?
We have plenty to offer him – a great budget relative to our ambitions potentially bolstered by summer sales, a squad of talented players, a desire for change amongst the support and an academy of youngsters to develop.
All of this is still unlikely, but it’s heartening to hear that the reason he rejected the English side wasn’t down to anything that’d be a problem for Celtic such as wage demand, or because he’s eyeing up another job.
Rangnick is just one of many elite names out there on the market right now as Celtic consider the direction of the club over the next few years.
Will we finally see a bit of ambition at the Hoops again?