Celtic are reportedly gauging interest from Michael Laudrup in taking over the vacant manager’s position at Parkhead, according to the Daily Express.
The move would be an interesting one as it would break with Celtic’s recent custom of appointing managers with link to the club, as they did with Neil Lennon and Tony Mowbray, and instead see them appointing a manager whose brother is regarded as a legend at fierce city rivals Rangers.
Brian Laudrup made 150 appearances for the blue half of Glasgow between 1994 and 1998, being named the Scottish football Writers Player of the Year twice, and Players Player of the Year once. It may prove difficult for both sides of the Glasgow divide to see his older brother, who bears a striking resemblance to him, taking up the manager’s office in the green half of the city.
Laudrup has been out of work since being fired this season for presiding over a slump in form that saw Swansea City fall precariously close to the relegation zone. The season before however he led them to their first ever major trophy, the 2012-2013 League Cup, along with a very respectable 9th place finish in the league.
Both Laudrup and Celtic appear to have other options however. Owen Coyle and David Moyes are two out of work managers with reputations to restore that could see the Celtic job as a means to easily restore their managerial credibility, while former Celtic players Henrik Larsson and Jackie McNamara are two up and coming managerial prospects that recently played in the green and white hoops.
Laudrup has reportedly received an offer from Grenada, and could well be under consideration for the newly vacated manager’s job at Southampton following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham yesterday.