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Update: 04.03.21

Enzo Maresca has remained tight-lipped regarding possible links with Celtic and the bookies have lengthened his odds on moving to Parkhead. The Man City U23 manager has been one of the favourites to take the reins from Neil Lennon ever since the Irishman was sacked, however the likelihood of him leaving the Etihad remains fairly slim given that he is yet to manage any side at the highest level.

Most bookmakers go 12/1 that Maresca is appointed as next Celtic permanent manager while most firms now go odds-on that current caretaker boss John Kennedy is given the gig. Kennedy oversaw a decent 1-0 win over Aberdeen in his first game in charge and while the Hoops realistically aren’t going to catch Rangers between now and the end of the season, many observers believe that the club may take a chance and appoint him on a permanent basis.

Indeed boss Eddie Howe is now being seen as Kennedy’s main rival in the race to become Celtic boss, the former AFC Bournemouth man continuing to be linked with a move north of the border. Howe is an 8/1 punt to take the reins at Parkhead and his would be a popular appointment amongst fans given his success in lifting the Cherries up to the top-flight for the first time in their history and keeping them there for a full five seasons.

Paul Lambert is 12/1 to be given the Celtic job, the former Ipswich Town boss out of work since being sacked at Portman Road last month, while Scotland boss Steve Clarke has been distancing himself from any rumours linking him with the Hoops and is now out at 16/1.


Next Celtic Manager Odds from William Hill Bookmakers


11/8 –  John Kennedy

8/1  –  Eddie Howe

12/1 –  Paul Lambert

12/1 –  Enzo Maresca

16/1 –  Steve Clarke



Update: 03.03.21

Caretaker Celtic boss John Kennedy is back into favourite to be the next permanent boss of the club, many pundits of the opinion that the Hoops board may well decide to give him his first crack at management. Indeed some bookies go odds-on at 8/11 that Kennedy finds himself appointed as permanent successor to recently-sacked Neil Lennon and as a result there has been a big shift in the odds elsewhere.

Enzo Maresca has seen his odds slide to as much as 8/1, the current Manchester City U23 boss an interesting contender for the vacant position. The ex Sevilla midfielder is tasked with guiding younger talent up the ladder to first team consideration at Man City and as things stand he is forging a similar path to Steven Gerrard who started at Liverpool’s academy side before ultimately heading over the border to take charge at Ibrox.

Former AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been one of the frontrunners for many weeks now and he is also an 8/1 punt to take charge at Parkhead. Since leaving Dean Court, Howe has been out of work and he is generally regarded as a young and progressive manager who has a proven ability given his success in lifting the Cherries into the Premier League for the first time ever and keeping them there for more than a single season.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke has been linked with a move to Celtic Park for many weeks now, however his price has drifted somewhat following his announcement that he still intends to be in charge of the national side for their 2022 World Cup campaign. Clarke is now a general 12/1 shot to take the reins at Celtic, ahead of 9/1 punt Paul Lambert.


Next Celtic Manager Odds from William Hill Bookmakers


6/4  –  John Kennedy

8/1  –  Enzo Maresca

8/1  –  Eddie Howe

9/1  –  Paul Lambert

12/1 –  Steve Clarke

16/1 –  Roberto Martinez

16/1 –  Frank Lampard

16/1 –  Roy Keane

20/1 –  Martin O’Neill



Update: 02.03.21



Former West Ham United assistant manager Enzo Maresca has been installed as favourite to take the reins at Parkhead following the recent sacking of Neil Lennon, the 41-year-old Italian continuing to be linked with the vacant Hoops position.

The Parkhead outfit continued their hunt for a replacement for Lennon following his sacking last week, current caretaker boss John Kennedy formerly favourite to take the reins on a permanent footing. Kennedy oversaw an excellent 1-0 win over Aberdeen on Saturday afternoon but realistically the Hoops are very much out of contention as far as the 2020/21 Scottish Premiership title is concerned.

Most firms go just 7/2 that Maresca is appointed in the position despite the Italian having been out of first-team coaching since his departure from West Ham back in 2019. As things stand, Scotland boss Steve Clarke is still being linked with the vacant position and he is currently second-favourite to be given the post at odds of 6/1.

Current caretaker boss John Kennedy is an 8/1 punt to be a permanent successor to Lennon, while former AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is 10/1 to be given the position, alongside Paul Lambert and Roberto Martinez at the same odds.

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lambert is a 14/1 punt for the position, ahead of Sean Dyche and Martin O’Neill at 16/1 apiece.


Next Celtic Manager Odds from William Hill Bookmakers


4/1  –  Enzo Maresca

6/1  –  Steve Clarke

8/1  –  John Kennedy

10/1 –  Eddie Howe

10/1 –  Paul Lambert

10/1 –  Roberto Martinez

14/1 –  Paul Lambert

16/1 –  Sean Dyche

16/1 –  Martin O’Neill

20/1 –  Julien Stephan



Update: 24.02.21

It was certainly a long time coming but Neil Lennon finally decided that the time had come to leave his beloved Celtic. The Hoops are a massive eighteen points behind arch-rivals Rangers in the race for the Scottish Premiership title and their latest outing ended in a hugely disappointing defeat at Ross County, therefore the reins will now be handed to assistant boss John Kennedy until a permanent replacement is found.

As things stand, Kennedy is leader in the betting market in the battle for the Celtic dugout with some bookies going as low as 11/10 that he is offered the gig on a permanent footing, while former AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is next in the betting at general odds of 5/2. The Englishman has been the main focus of punters since the resignation of Lennon and on the back of this his odds have been slashed from around 10/1 over the past 24 hours.

Steve Clarke remains one of the frontrunners to replace Lennon, the Scotland manager a 5/1 shot for the Parkhead dugout despite leading his national charges to the European Championships. Roberto Martinez is also amongst the favourites at odds as low as 4/1 while former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is a 9/1 punt for the job.

Either way, there certainly won’t be any shortage of suitors chasing the vacant position, however whoever is finally appointed in the role will have a tough assignment ahead of them as they attempt to rebuild following a hugely disappointing 2020/21 campaign.

It is worth remembering that some bookies will pay out in this betting market should John Kennedy remain in charge for over six games and this is certainly a factor in his short price.


Next Celtic Manager Odds from William Hill Bookmakers


11/10 – John Kennedy

5/2  –  Eddie Howe

5/1  –  Steve Clarke

9/1  –  Frank Lampard

10/1 –  Rafael Benitez

12/1 –  Roberto Martinez



Update: 23.02.21

It was more disappointment for Celtic at the weekend as they lost to Ross County in the Scottish Premiership and thus lose further ground on Rangers in the battle for the league title. We say ‘battle’, however in reality this has been anything but, the reigning Scottish champions hardly putting up a fight in the defence of their 2019/20 trophy and effectively scuppering their chances of mounting a late challenge thanks to their defeat in the Highlands.

As such the pressure has increased significantly on Hoops boss Neil Lennon and the likelihood is that he will step down from his position in the coming weeks. In the event that Lennon does indeed leave Celtic Park, the bookies remain firmly of the opinion that the most likely man to replace him in the hot-seat will be current Scotland boss Steve Clarke.

Clarke heads a list of high profile names which have been linked with the Celtic job, these including the likes of Eddie Howe, Rafael Benitez and Frank Lampard. Indeed following rumours of a complete overhaul in football operations at Celtic Park in the close-season, it’s highly unlikely that Neil Lennon will be included in the future plans, assuming that he lasts until the end of the campaign.

The bookmakers continue to shorten the odds on Steve Clarke taking the reins at Parkhead with some firms going as low as 11/10 that the Scotland gaffer is next Celtic manager. This leaves him well ahead of his perceived closest rivals such as John Kennedy (9/4) Rafael Benitez (5/1), Eddie Howe (10/1), Enzo Maresca (10/1) and Frank Lampard (12/1).


Next Celtic Manager Odds from BetVictor


6/4  –  Steve Clarke

9/4  –  John Kennedy

5/1  –  Rafael Benitez

10/1 –  Eddie Howe

10/1 –  Enzo Maresca

12/1 –  Frank Lampard

14/1 –  Roberto Martinez

16/1 –  Roy Keane


Update: 18.02.21

Celtic remain a country mile behind arch-rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership title race, a massive fifteen points currently separating the two sides with Neil Lennon’s men having played all of their games-in-hand. The Hoops have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks and with wins in each of their last five games, the pressure has been eased on under-fire manager Neil Lennon slightly.

Current Scotland manager Steve Clarke is now firm favourite to take the reins at Celtic Park should Lennon leave in the next few weeks and while the pressure has been lifted slightly, the fact that the Hoops will almost certainly finish second to Rangers in the Premiership won’t sit well with the board.. The bookmakers have decisively slashed the odds on the Scotland team manager being appointed as the next manager of Celtic from a general 16/1 to as low as 11/10. Punters have been backing the Tartan Army boss in their droves over the past few days and on the back of this he has soared to the top of the betting market.

This has resulted in a shake-up across the rest of the ‘Next Celtic Manager’ betting market with former favourite Rafael Benitez drifting to 5/1 and former AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe now out at 10/1, the latter having been as short as 4/7 for the job. Internal option John Kennedy remains as one of the favourites with his price staying level at a general 5/2.

Recently-sacked Frank Lampard is 12/1 to be the next incumbent of the Celtic Park hot-seat while Roberto Martinez and Roy Keane are 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.

With regard to winning the Scottish Premiership title, Celtic have drifted further out to as much as 100/1 to mount a dramatic comeback and clinch the crown while Rangers are as short as 1/5000 with some bookies.



Update: 10.02.21

It would seem that Neil Lennon’s tenure as Celtic boss is hanging by a thread following some thoroughly unconvincing performances. Rangers now sit 21 points clear of the Hoops at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and assistant Celtic boss John Kennedy has soared into contention to replace Lennon in the hot-seat at Parkhead.

Kennedy was as high as 10/1 to be the next Hoops gaffer only a couple of weeks ago, however he has now shortened to just 11/4. The 37-year-old is a popular figure amongst the squad and he has been steadily been working his way up the coaching ladder over the past few years. He was first-team scout as recently as 2010 and became Lennon’s number two following the departure of Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City in 2019.

Indeed Kennedy is market leader at odds of 5/2, leaving him ahead of former frontrunner Rafael Benitez at 4/1. Ex Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is an 8/1 punt to take the reins in the event that Lennon is sacked while recently-sacked Frank Lampard is a 10/1 punt for the job.


Next Celtic Manager Odds from BetVictor


5/2  –  John Kennedy

4/1  –  Rafael Benitez

8/1  –  Eddie Howe

10/1 –  Frank Lampard

12/1 –  Enzo Maresca

16/1 –  Roy Keane


Update: 29.01.21

Neil Lennon has expressed his displeasure at rumours surrounding his replacement at Celtic Park, however this will cut little ice with fans who are growing impatient with the side’s failure to give Rangers any meaningful opposition in the Premiership title race. Indeed Celtic’s dreadful season has left them 23 points adrift of Rangers and while they have three games-in-hand as things stand, time is fast running out and Lennon’s position is starting to look untenable.

Lennon has received the backing of the board three times this season and they have returned to winning ways, however the title race is effectively over and the general consensus is that there needs to be change in the dugout.

Rafael Benitez is the man deemed most likely to fill the void in the event of Lennon being shown the door in the coming days or weeks and the bookies continue to make the Spaniard odds-on favourite to take the reins at Parkhead. Most firms go just 4/6 that the former Liverpool and Newcastle United boss becomes the next Celtic manager, leaving him way ahead of his perceived closest rival in the market, Eddie Howe.

The former AFC Bournemouth boss was odds-on favourite to be the next Hoops boss only eight days ago, however his price has since drifted considerably from 1/2 to as much as 6/1 with some bookies. Frank Lampard has also been linked with the position since his sacking by Chelsea although his odds have drifted from 6/1 to 8/1 over the past few days.

The biggest mover in the market is Alex Neil, the bookies slashing their odds on the Preston North End boss taking the reins at Parkhead. The price of the former Hamilton Academical gaffer being the next manager of Celtic has been slashed over the past couple of days with some firms going as low as 7/1 that he finds himself in the Hoops dugout in the coming days or weeks.


Next Celtic Manager Odds from BetVictor


4/6  –  Rafael Benitez

6/1  –  Eddie Howe

7/1  –  Alex Neil

8/1  –  Frank Lampard



Update: 27.01.21

The odds continue to tumble on Rafael Benitez taking the reins at Celtic Park in the event that Hoops boss Neil Lennon is shown the door in the coming days or weeks. Celtic entertain St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday and failure to take maximum points from this meeting could result in Lennon being shown the door.

As things stand, Celtic sit a whopping 23 points behind league leaders Rangers with Lennon’s men having three games-in-hand over their Old Firm rivals. Odds of 1/200 on Steven Gerrard’s men lifting the Premiership trophy at the end of the season suggest that in all probability it will indeed be heading to Ibrox this season, however the Hoops aren’t completely out of contention and with a new man at the helm, perhaps they could narrow the gap between now and the end of the campaign.

There is a very strong possibility that the new man at the helm will be former Liverpool, Inter Milan and Newcastle United gaffer Rafael Benitez and the bookies continue to shorten the odds on the Spaniard taking charge in the event that Lennon is sacked. Some firms go as low as 8/15 that Benitez takes the reins at Celtic Park and having been linked with such a move numerous times in the past, it’s clear that such an appointment would be a popular one amongst fans.

Next in the betting is former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe at a general 4/1 while recently-sacked former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is a 6/1 punt for the gig.


Update: 26.01.21 

Following the sacking of Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge yesterday, rumours have been circulating with regard to the former Chelsea boss taking the reins at Parkhead. The 42-year-old was as big as 66/1 before yesterday’s announcement, however the bookmakers have been quick to slash the odds to as low as 6/1 that he becomes new boss of Celtic.

This has been a season of discontent for Celtic supporters with the reigning Scottish champions a massive 23 points behind Rangers in the Premiership table. Plenty of fans have been calling for the dismissal of Neil Lennon and it is become ever more likely that they will get their wish before long. The Celtic board are reviewing the managerial situation at Parkhead and many believe that the end is in sight for Lennon.

Lampard’s surprise departure from Stamford Bridge has thrown him into contention to replace Lennon in the event that the latter is sacked and many believe that he would be the perfect man for the position. Indeed given the success of Steven Gerrard at Rangers, Celtic may decide to go down a similar path with Lampard, the Hoops is dire need of livening things up following what has thus far been a dreadful campaign.

Lampard may not be keen to go straight into another job but the fact is that if Celtic come calling, he may not think it wise to turn them down.

As things stand, Rafael Benitez is odds-on favourite to be given the gig at Celtic Park in the event that Lennon is sacked in the coming days or weeks, the Spaniard being linked with a move to the Hoops numerous times in the past few weeks.


Next Celtic Manager Odds from BetVictor


4/7  –  Rafael Benitez

3/1  –  Eddie Howe

6/1  –  Frank Lampard

12/1 –  John Kennedy


Update: 21.01.21

Celtic may have grabbed themselves a historic quadruple Treble in 2019/20 but their current campaign couldn’t have been any more of a disaster. The Hoops crashed out of Europe following some embarrassing performances this term and they currently sit a massive twenty points adrift of arch-rivals Rangers in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.

As if this weren’t enough, the club have landed themselves in hot water following their decision to press ahead with a warm-weather trip to Dubai despite the nation battling with a new variant of Covid-19. The trip itself ended in disaster with one player testing positive for the virus and forcing the rest of his team-mates to self-isolate and miss the next two Premiership matches, both of which ended in draws.

All of this has piled huge pressure on manager Neil Lennon and while the Hoops boss has had the full backing of the club board on three separate occasions since the start of the season, he looks very much as though he’s living on borrowed time.

Changes are desperately needed at Celtic Park and former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe remains favourite to take the reins in the event of Lennon being sacked. Howe was as low as 1/5 in the betting market earlier this week and while he is still odds-on favourite, his price has drifted somewhat to a general 1/2.

The biggest mover over the past couple of days has been John Kennedy, the Celtic assistant manager now down to 6/1 to take a step up to the top role at the club. Kennedy was appointed in the role of assistant when Lennon took over from Brendan Rodgers in February 2019, however he has no experience of managing a first-team and such an appointment would seem like a backward step given Celtic’s troubles.


Next Celtic Manager Best Bookmaker Odds


1/2  –  Eddie Howe

6/1  –  John Kennedy

8/1  –  Jack Ross

10/1 –  Martin O’Neill

14/1 –  Gordon Strachan

16/1 –  Roy Keane

16/1 –  Slaven Bilic



19.01.21 Eddie Howe leads the way


  • Neil Lennon is under increasing pressure following some poor performances
  • The Hoops trail Rangers by 21 points in the Scottish Premiership
  • Eddie Howe is favourite to take over in the event that Lennon is sacked


Following a recent flurry of activity, former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is firm odds-on favourites to take over from Neil Lennon in the event that the serving Hoops manager is dismissed. Over the past few days, most of the activity in the betting market has been focused upon Howe and as a result his odds have tumbled with most firms going 1/5 that he is next permanent Celtic boss.

Second favourite as things stand is Hibernian manager Jack Ross although he is way behind in the market at odds of 10/1.

Thus far, Celtic have endured a thoroughly miserable season and as we head into the second half of the Scottish Premiership campaign they sit a massive 21 points behind arch-rivals Rangers, albeit with three games in hand. The Hoops could only manage a goal-less draw at home to Livingston last time out and while the board have previously given Lennon their backing on three separate occasions, clearly they are starting to lose patience.


Next Celtic Manager Best Bookmaker Odds


1/5  –  Eddie Howe

10/1 –  Jack Ross

12/1 –  Martin O’Neill

14/1 –  John Kennedy

16/1 –  Gordon Strachan

18/1 –  Slaven Bilic

18/1 –  Dan Petrescu

18/1 –  Roy Keane

22/1 –  Damien Duff

25/1 –  Henrik Larsson