Davie Provan has used his weekly column to again talk Celtic down to anyone who is willing to read his drivel.

The former Parkhead player has laughed off any notion Rafa Benitez would be interested in the Celtic job and even went as far as to say the Spaniard would have to be drugged and brought up to Scotland against his will.

Provan thinks Brendan Rodgers appointment will be the best Celtic will do for the foreseeable future and cited Owen Coyle turning down the job 8 or 9 years ago to make a point about the unglamorous nature of the Parkhead hot seat.

Speaking about Rafa, the Sky Sports co-commentator said: “Frankly, Lawwell would need chloroform to get Rafa to Glasgow.

“I’d give my right arm to see the Spaniard succeed Brendan Rodgers.

“No disrespect to Neil Lennon, but Benitez is in a different bracket. A Rafa appointment would be like throwing a fox into a hen hut.”

Provan also made the point that Rafa Benitez has been notoriously against his employers when it comes to demanding budgets and extra money for better players, getting the fans onside and making the board out to be the villains. Something Peter Lawwell would not want in the next Celtic manager. Especially when Brendan Rodgers challenged the board over the past year.

“Benitez doesn’t defer to directors, he makes his demands and expects them to be met.

“For the last three years, he’s had Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley up against the wall demanding better players.”



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