By Danny Mills

6th Mar, 2021 | 5:00pm

Mills verdict on Benitez taking Celtic job after he drops hint on next post

Celtic should wait until the end of the season to appoint a new manager but they have little chance of attracting Rafael Benitez.

That is the view of ex-England and Manchester City defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the Champions League winner taking the job at Parkhead.

Benitez is a popular choice among the Celtic fans for the vacant post and he recently revealed his next job will be in Europe.


He was most recently manager of Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional FC but he left the club in January.

Asked if he thought the Spaniard could be lured to Glasgow, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Celtic should wait until the summer. 

“They’re not going to overturn Rangers’ lead, Rangers are a couple of games away from winning it.

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“Just take your time now, look around and get your processes in place. Work out what you need. Work out who you need and why. They’ve now got two or three months to do that.

“In all honesty, Rafa Benitez would be great but I think he might be looking at a big job.

“No disrespect to Celtic, but is that too low for Rafa Benitez?

“It’s a two or three-year project at least. So you need someone with the energy to do that.

“I’m not sure Rafa Benitez would look at the Celtic job seriously.

“He’s not desperate to get back into football and he certainly doesn’t need the money – we can comfortably say that.

“Whereas someone like Eddie Howe is very keen to get back into football as soon as possible.”

Football Insider revealed earlier this week Howe has been sounded out about taking over at Celtic Park and while he is interested he is also eyeing a return to the Premier League.

In other news, Alex McLeish has cited Pep Guardiola as a “phenomenal” Celtic player signs a new contract.