Former Westham and Croatia manager poised to take over Scotland side Celtic

Former West Ham and Croatia national football team coach Slaven Bilic who guided the team to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2008 has been without a job since February after he was sacked by Saudi side Al-Ittihad.

Slaven Bilic would be open to talking to Celtic about becoming the Scottish Premiership champions’ new manager. Celtic’s history and fanbase appeal to Bilic and he is keen to talk to the club about taking over this summer.

Neil Lennon is filling that role after the exit of the former manager Brendan Rodgers who is currently overseeing Leicester. Lennon has clinched the league title and could potentially secure a treble but his long-term future is unclear.

Bilic left Saudi Premier League side Al-Ittihad in February, having won just three of 15 games in charge. He previously managed Besiktas, Lokomotiv Moscow and hometown club Hajduk Split.

The Croatian also enjoyed a stellar first season in charge of West Ham, guiding them to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League in 2015/16 and a Europa League spot.

However, he was sacked in November 2017 with the club in the Premier League relegation zone.

As a defender with West Ham and Everton, among others, he earned 44 caps and was part of the Croatia squad that finished third at France 98.

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