Celtic have become the latest British club on the lookout for a new boss after Neil Lennon decided to call time on his tenure at the Parkhead helm.
Swedish goal-getting sensation and club legend Henrik Larsson is odds-on favourite to replace the much-loved Northern Irishman at 1/2, with an array of former players behind him in the betting.
Domestic success is effectively guaranteed for whoever takes the post (even 5/1-shot Paul Lambert) but the early-season form of Larsson’s Falkenberg side in the Allsvenskan suggests there are more deserving candidates the Bhoys should be considering ahead of their former number seven.
After masterminding just three wins from the ten games that he’s taken charge of this term and guiding his team to a lowly 11th in a 16-team division, here are the three gaffers who’ll be looking at Larsson’s favouritism with envious scorn.
David Moyes @ 5/1
The deposed Manchester United boss could do with a few seasons in the ego massage parlour where every ending is assured to be a happy one.
Titles are a given on the home front, but it’s Moyes’ overachieving exploits at Everton that suggest he’s the most likely to get Celtic firing on the continental scene.
Often appearing average on the surface, his Toffees teams frequently ground out finishes above their designated station in the Premier League.
The Hoops squad appears equally humdrum in comparison to the heavy hitters that dominate the Champions League, but maybe Moyes’ magic touch can see them reach unexpected rounds?
Jackie McNamara @ 9/1
After making 255 appearances for the Glaswegians, few fans would begrudge the Dundee United boss landing the vacancy.
The 33-cap Scotland international rejected overtures from Championship club Blackpool earlier in pre-season, but if the Bhoys came calling it’d much more difficult to resist.
McNamara guided the Terrors to an impressive fourth place in the SPL last term and is regarded in some circles (mainly in and around the Blackpool region) as a hot prospect in the management game.
Johan Mjallby @ 14/1
Having worked alongside Lennon in a spell that yielded four trophies, few know the current batch of players as well as the towering Swede.
The lieutenant followed his general out of the exit door, but the opportunity to fly solo would surely tempt him back.