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Mjallby - Benitez would be tempted by Celtic move

11th April 2019, 13:43 by Tom McGarry

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez would be tempted by a move to Celtic this summer, according to the club's former defender Johan Mjallby.

The subject of Benitez' long-term future at St James' Park has been a source of speculation ever since he was appointed as Newcastle manager in 2016 and it appears a lot will depend on what kind of transfer budget Mike Ashley gives him this summer.

The Spaniard has been one of the names linked with the vacant managerial position at Celtic, who currently have Neil Lennon acting as interim boss following Brendan Rodgers' departure to Leicester earlier this year.

Lennon is in contention to take over at Celtic Park on a permanent basis this summer although Benitez, as well as Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, have also been linked.

Newcastle will be desperate to stave off any interest in their manager but former Celtic defender Mjallby, who spent six years with the club between 1998 and 2004, feels Benitez would be interested in making the move north of the border.

Asked whether a move to Celtic would interest Benitez, Mjallby told The Express: "Why not? You can't talk Celtic down.

"Obviously, Rangers have had difficult years but they are massive clubs and either one of them should win the league every year.

"But even if you have been the manager of big clubs in other major leagues, the pressure you have as a Celtic manager is enormous."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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