Why talk of Rangers boss' mentor joining Celtic is laughable nonsense
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Why talk of Rangers boss' mentor joining Celtic is laughable nonsense

There have been hilarious names mentioned in the running for the Celtic manager’s job but amongst the most outlandish concern a former mentor of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

They say there are no friends in football but even considering for a second that the ex-Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Newcastle United gaffer would be interested in Celtic it feels incredibly unlikely that the Spaniard would come in to try and cut Gerrard’s grass.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has a strong relationship with one-time mentor and Spanish manager, ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Even as early ago as last week Benitez was named by Steven Gerrard as the manager who has the highest level of influence on his career and the relationship is known to be strong [Robbie Fowler Podcast].

One of football’s most coveted managers, Benitez is not going to be shy of offers and the notion he’d come to Celtic appears fanciful even before you factor in the Gerrard element.

The likes of Superscoreboard’s Jim Duffy mentioned the former Valencia gaffer alongside the job [26/02/21] but his relationship with the Ibrox gaffer wasn’t even mentioned.

That said, Benitez has confirmed that he’s looking for work in Europe after a spell with Chinese Super League Dalian Pro with offers already piling in across the globe.

“I’ve had so many offers in recent weeks, from South America to the Emirates, but that’s not what I’m looking for,” said Benitez [Onda Cero, via Daily Record].

“I want to stay in Europe and I want to do so to be competitive at a high level.

“I’m looking for a project that will allow me to be competitive and with time and space to grow.”

But before Celtic fans get excited, Benitez has been heavily linked with the job at Napoli with ex-Gers midfielder Gennaro Gattuso under increasing pressure at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Rafa Benitez of Dalian Yifang left the Chinese club due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Not to mention the fact that Benitez would have to take a serious step back and go head to head with his former Liverpool captain who is currently in the Rangers dugout.

File this one under laughable nonsense.

Whilst plenty have ruled themselves out of the running, there is one manager who piqued the interest of Rangers fans with his comments about the vacant role at Parkhead.