Hope that Rafa Benitez takes over at Celtic appears to have taken a blow as reports in Italy suggest he will be returning to Napoli

Parkhead boss Neil Lennon is under pressure after a disastrous title defense The Rangers are 23 points clear and will stop 10 in A Row for sure

The position of manager was due to be reviewed in January, but so far there has been no communication from the club of the outcome of the process

CEO Peter Lawwell will be leaving at the end of the season, and while Lennon insists it doesn’t affect his own future, many are expecting the Irishman to follow

Celtic followers hope for a bold appointment along the lines of Brendan Rodgers, and Benitez has been touted after leaving a lucrative role in China

The former Newcastle and Liverpool boss’s family still live in England and it was hoped Celtic could lure him to Glasgow

However, according to Tuesday’s Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli has already reached an oral agreement that the Spaniard should return to the club in the summer

Coach Gennaro Gattuso’s contract expires at the end of the season and the former Rangers midfielder has publicly criticized owner Aurelio De Laurentiis

He is expected to remain in charge of the rest of the campaign, but Tuttosport also believes Benitez will come

The sports newspaper states that De Laurentiis would like to recruit Benitez as technical director for overseeing transfers, working over a younger coach like Vincenzo Italiano from Spezia

And Corriere dello Sport also reports that Benitez is waiting in the starting blocks and could even come this season if Napoli fail to beat Atalanta in the Coppa Italia semi-finals on Wednesday night

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Source: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rafa-benitez-celtic-latest-napoli-23427441