I hope you’re ready for the Rafa Benitez to Celtic rumours.

The Spaniard has left his lucrative post at Chinese club Dalian Pro FC by mutual consent [RafaBenitez.com].

He said in a statement: “Unfortunately, like so many things in the last year, Covid-19 has changed our lives and our projects. From today, both my coaching staff and I will sadly no longer be coaching the Dalian Professional F. C.

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“It has been an incredible experience and for this I would like to thank all my staff, coaches, medical and club staff as well as our players; their commitment to us in the first place, their support during the time we were there, and their effort has been magnificent.

“I’m convinced we have left a structure and a methodology that will allow the project to go ahead successfully. Since we arrived, the First Team has been rejuvenated and the foundations have been laid for the future, from the grassroots schools to the top.”

I know another club that needs staff to come in from top to bottom and be rejuvenated, with new structure and methodology. I know you do too.

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Benitez to Celtic was a rumour that did the rounds in the wake of Brendan Rodgers’ departure.

Supporters were pining for him before Neil Lennon was appointed permanently and Benitez ended up taking the cash-rich role in China.

 

Ultimately it all appeared to be more speculation than anything concrete, much like the Eddie Howe rumours doing the rounds at the moment.

Celtic can repair fan relationship with Rafa Benitez move

Yesterday, we listed four managers currently out of work who could come in and raise standards at Celtic Park. Benitez is yet another elite manager with a winning pedigree who can change everything at the club.

Yes it’s pie in the sky, yes he wouldn’t be earning as much money as he was in China – but let’s at least explore the possibility Celtic.

This is a man who has won the Champions League. He’s won the Europa League. He’s won La Liga, twice. He’s been at the very top of the game.

Celtic Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez in China / (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images via Getty Images)

I’m not saying Benitez arriving at Celtic Park is a given. It’s ambitious and ultimately it might not happen.

However, if we’re not at least asking him the question, then we’re doing it wrong. We can’t put names in a drawer and settle for second best this time.

It would create a buzz at Celtic not seen since Brendan Rodgers unveiled in front of the main stand.

In other news, Jack Hendry could be moving to Belgium permanently.

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