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PETRESCU’S CELTIC ANSWER

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DAN PETRESCU insists he will NOT consider any opportunity to become Celtic’s new manager – until the summer, at least.

The Romanian appears to have ruled himself out completely in the club’s hunt for a successor for Neil Lennon who departed the champions in midweek.

A summer of upheaval beckons at Parkhead and there will be some frantic transfers in and out of the club as a new boss will be tasked with finding a winning formation before the Champions League qualifiers kick off.

Petrescu knows what it is like to win a crucial Euro encounter in the east end of Glasgow after masterminding unfancied Cluj’s shock 4-3 victory over Lennon’s side in August 2019 that left hopes of qualification to the group stages of Europe’s elite competition in tatters.

The former World Cup full-back, who played in England with Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday, is a free agent after quitting Turkish club Kayserispor for unspecified personal reasons.

Petrescu told DigiSport: “I had a personal problem and had to leave, unfortunately.

“I can’t coach for a while, after I solve my issue I will look to coach again.

“Even if Celtic were to call me, I couldn’t coach now. I can say it’s 99 per cent certain I won’t be with any club until the summer.”

The Hoops hierarchy have been urged to make a managerial decision as swiftly as possible with John Kennedy agreeing to take over the role in an interim capacity until the end of the season.

The former Scotland international defender will be accompanied by Gavin Strachan and Stephen McManus in the Parkhead dug-out tomorrow afternoon when Aberdeen provide the opposition.

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