The reason why Ralf Rangnick rejected Chelsea as Celtic fans continue to pine for him

By John McGinley

January 25, 2021

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.

However, he left that post in July [Goal] and is now looking for a return to management [New York Times].

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.

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.

Could Celtic move for Ralf Rangnick? / (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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?

In other news, reality is about to hit Celtic and Neil Lennon again tomorrow.