CLAUDIO RANIERI has been lined up to become Celtic's new boss, according to reports.
The Italian, 67, who won the 2016 Premier League title with Leicester, is currently in caretaker charge of Roma.
Rex Features2 Claudio Ranieri is currently caretaker manager at Roma
However the former Chelsea and Fulham manager has announced his intention to quit his hometown club this summer.
Celtic put Neil Lennon in temporary charge following Brendan Rodgers' departure for Leicester in February.
But the Irishman's future is uncertain despite leading the Glasgow giants to an eighth straight title.
He was in the crowd to watch managerless West Brom lose their Championship playoff to Aston Villa on Tuesday.
Ranieri stunned world football by leading 5,000-1 shots Leicester to their first-ever title three years ago.
It cemented his place among English football folklore after he was not even tipped to make an impact.
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However the Tinkerman had a disastrous three-month spell as Fulham boss, and was sacked in February.
An Italian source said on Calciomercatoweb: "According to the latest revelations, Claudio Ranieri's name has ended up on Celtic's shortlist in case they don't extend Neil Lennon's contract.
"Ranieri will leave Roma at the end of the season. He said so himself before their last game against Juventus.
"He arrived in Rome following Eusebio Di Francesco's dismissal. But he could soon find himself on the market once more."
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Ranieri has managed top clubs across Europe, including Juventus, Inter Milan, Monaco and Atletico Madrid as well as his three English sides.
And the experienced Italian could now vie with Lennon, David Moyes, Chris Hughton and others for the chance to lead Celtic towards a potential ninth title in a row.
Willie Vass – The Sun2 Neil Lennon is not expected to be kept on as interim Celtic boss