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Jose Mourinho offered Celtic manager's job - reports


Jose Mourinho is currently out of work

Jose Mourinho is currently out of work

Jose Mourinho is currently out of work

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.

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

Securing the signature of the two-time Champions League winner would no doubt be a coup for the Glasgow club. 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 told BT Sport.

"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."

Former Northern Ireland international Stephen Craigan said he wouldn't be surprised to see the current incumbent hold on to the role after the end of the season.

"I think the longer it goes, the more likely it seems it's going to be Neil Lennon," Craigan said.

"If you don't give it to Neil, it's a huge risk. At the start of June to appoint a new manager who maybe doesn't know Scottish football, doesn't have a budget, Champions League qualification starts very soon..."

Lennon will lead Celtic into the Scottish Cup final against Hearts this Saturday (kick-off 3pm), with Sutton expecting the club to announce their new manager soon after the game.