Robinson: Benitez may want Celtic job but the fans wouldn't want his dull football

Appointing Rafael Benitez would excite the Celtic fans but his style of play may not go down so well, according to Paul Robinson.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said the 60-year-old’s brand of football would be an issue with the Parkhead faithful.

Benitez is currently out of work after he left Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional at the end of January.

Speaking on radio station Onda Cero last month, the Champions League-winning former Liverpool boss opened the door on a move to Parkhead when he said he wants his next job to be in Europe.

Robinson believes Celtic need a manager of Benitez’s ilk, but not the Spaniard himself.

“A name like Rafa Benitez would excited Celtic fans, I am sure,” he told Football Insider. “He is right at the top of football.

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“The only thing would be, the way he sets up his teams. How do Celtic fans want their team to play?

“You have got to look at the big picture and how a manager would set the team up. They want to play open, attacking football. They do not want to defend.

“Celtic need to attack the league next year and I am not sure if that would suit Benitez’s style of play.

“A manager of that calibre, of that ilk would excite fans and attract top players. I don’t think you get that with Eddie Howe, a manager who was shown the door at Bournemouth.” 

As quoted by the Daily Record, Benitez told Onda Cero: “I’ve had so many offers in recent weeks, from South America to the Emirates, but that’s not what I’m looking for.

“I want to stay in Europe and I want to do so to be competitive at a high level.”

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