By Alex Stevens

Celtic have interview Brendan Rodgers and Malky Mackay about becoming the club’s new manager, according to a report.

The duo have held talks with the Scottish giants as the club intensify efforts to secure a replacement for Ronny Deila.

Sky Sports News claim former Liverpool manager Rodgers, who has now held two rounds of talks with Celtic, is the No1 candidate for the post.

Former Watford, Wigan and Cardiff boss Mackay has also been interviewed by the Parkhead board.

Chief executive Peter Lawwell said last week the process of finding Deila’s replacement had started in earnest and there is a growing likelihood the board will reach a decision before the end of this month.

However, Sky report that previous bookies’ favourites David Moyes and Paul Lambert have not been interviewed about the vacancy.

Deila, who bowed out with a resounding 7-0 win over Motherwell on Sunday, announced last month he was standing down after two seasons despite leading the Hoops to their fifth successive title.

Asked last week when he expected an announcement to be made, Lawwell told the Scotland Herald: “It won’t be for another week or two, I would have thought. We have just started the process.

“We will get the best man available who wants to come to Scotland. We have strengths and weaknesses, but we need to get in the best and get the fans back. I hope that’s what we do.

“It is not my decision. It’s the board’s decision. I work for the board. I’m the hired hand. I don’t have excessive power here.”

The chief executive has made it clear in a series of interviews this week that Celtic will hand no more than a £10million warchest to their new manager in the summer transfer window.

There have been calls for the newly-crowned Scottish champions to spend £20million on new players in a bid to reach the Champions League group stages.

But Parkhead chief executive Lawwell insisted the club will not spend beyond their means and take on debt.

In other Celtic news, the Scottish club have watched a £10million-rated English centre-back eight times as they eye up a summer bid.