There is “no way” Celtic will appoint Alex Neil as their next manager after he was sacked by Preston North End over the weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker insisted the Hoops will be looking at other candidates with better careers than the 39-year-old.

Ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton had touted Neil’s name for the job earlier this month following Neil Lennon’s resignation.

Preston North End manager

The Daily Mail reported in 2019 that Celtic were considering Neil when Brendan Rodgers quit the club to join Leicester City.

Back then he had earned plaudits for taking an overperforming Preston side to the cusp of the Championship play-offs.

However, the Lilywhites now sit just nine points above the relegation having lost the second-most games in the Championship.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Football Insider broke the news on Saturday that Neil was set for the sack at Deepdale after they fell to their 20th league defeat of the season before it was officially confirmed on Sunday.

Asked whether Celtic could be tempted by the young Scotsman, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “No way.”

He added: “I don’t think that Celtic are going to make a massive decision like this and give it to someone who has just been sacked by a Championship club.

“I just can’t see it, to be honest.

“They’ll be looking at someone who has had a better career than Neil, to be honest.

“I don’t think they’ll be looking at him – no way.”


Neil began his managerial career with Hamilton Academical in 2013 at the tender age of 31.

He led the club back to the Scottish Premiership before leaving for Norwich City in January 2015. After two years at Carrow Road, he was sacked and took over at Deepdale later that year.

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to hand a teenager a senior debut after a major development.