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‘ME? NO, NO, NO, NO’ – STRACHAN’S REACTION TO CELTIC LINK

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GORDON STRACHAN was quick to distance himself from speculation linking him with a possible return to Celtic as manager when the news broke this morning Brendan Rodgers was heading to Leicester City for talks.

The Midlands outfit target the Hoops boss after sacking Claude Puel on Sunday following a dreadful 4-1 mauling at home from Crystal Palace 24 hours earlier.

As Rodgers journeyed to the Midlands, the guessing game immediately kicked off for a likely successor.

Neil Lennon, of course, led the candidates, but other possibilities came into the frame including former Manchester United and Everton gaffer Davie Moyes and Kilmarnock chief Steve Clarke, who has done such an incredible job in reviving the fortunes of the Rugby Park outfit.

Strachan, who left the Scotland international manager’s role in October 2017, won six trophies, including three league title in his four-year stint at Parkhead which started in May 2005.

But he didn’t seem too eager to take over the hot seat from Rodgers.

Asked if he would want to return as manager, Strachan told Paddy Power: “Me? No, no, no, no.

“If you’ve had such a good time at a club, like I did at Celtic, I don’t think I could retrace my steps. Unless that’s the only place you’ve felt alive and it’s your club.

“Others have done it, but I’m onto different things now.

“And I think I would’ve got a whisper of it, as I talk to Peter (Lawwell, chief executive) and Dermot (Desmond, major shareholder) quite often. It might have come up.

“But they only talk to me about golf.”

 
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