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Thursday 21 November 2019

Jose is linked to Celtic position

Mourinho has been without a club since his departure from Manchester United back in December. Pic: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Mourinho has been without a club since his departure from Manchester United back in December. Pic: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly been offered the chance to become Celtic's next permanent manager.

The Scottish champions are on the look-out for a permanent successor to Brendan Rodgers, with Neil Lennon only brought in on a short-term deal lasting until the end of the season.

Mourinho, 56, has been without a club since his departure from Manchester United back in December.

Former striker Chris Sutton has backed up the reports that contact has been made, even if he does question the chances of the appointment being made.

"It's so tough to stand here and say who will be the next Celtic manager because it is a big job," he said,

"There's going to be a lot of managers in for it. Mourinho was heavily linked and I'm led to believe that there was something in that in terms of there being an offer.

"But why would he take the Celtic job? I just don't get it. I don't know the exact terms but there was an offer."

Lennon will lead Celtic into the Scottish Cup final against Hearts this Saturday) and Sutton expects the club to announce their new manager soon after the game.

Mikey Johnston ended the Premiership season in style as his double fired Celtic to a 2-1 win over Hearts on Sunday.

Both managers put out much-changed sides but the 20-year-old winger retained his place from the Rangers defeat and he showed why with a second-minute opener.

Jambos attacker Jake Mulraney levelled in the 17th minute but Johnston popped up with six minutes remaining to score the winner before the Hoops were presented with the league trophy for the eighth successive season.

Johnston, named man of the match, said: "It was a brilliant way to finish off the season and trophy day.

"Scoring goals has been something I've been trying to add to my game, to be a bit more effective, to score more goals, to create more.

"I did that and I was really pleased to contribute to a really good team performance. We felt the pressure slightly going into the game, but you've got to block all of that out and show a bit of confidence."

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