Rafa Benitez has left Chinese club Dalian Professional by mutual consent with a year left on his contract, this has sparked rumours that the former Liverpool legend could be ready to take the Celtic job.

Celtic fans are desperate for the Spaniard to take the reigns at Parkhead and it’s been that way since Benitez was last linked with the job when Brendan Rodgers vacated the role years ago.

Instead, the board did what they always do and went the cheapest route possible, they installed Neil Lennon as Celtic manager and now the club has regressed falling 20 points behind Rangers when we should be cruising the league.

The last time the rumour mill hit the media, the board were confirmed to be in contact with Rafa and then they went silent of the matter.

We know that Rafa Benitez will not go back to Newcastle while Mike Ashley is at the helm.

Just after noon today The Athletic reported:

Rafa Benitez has left his position as manager of Dalian Professional, the Chinese Super League club, by mutual consent, reports George Caulkin.

Benitez, the 60-year-old former manager of Newcastle United, Chelsea and Liverpool, where he won the Champions League in 2005, had a season remaining on his lucrative £12 million-a-year contract, but is now free to consider other offers.

The Spaniard has been at his family home in Merseyside since the end of the last Super League season in November, when Dalian successfully negotiated a series of relegation play-off matches.

The board did announce before Xmas that they will review Lennon’s role in the new year and now is the time they should be offering managers such as Rafa anything to get them at the club.

At 60 years old, Benitez has a vast amount of experience that would benefit Celtic in every single way, even if was to get the club back on track for a few seasons and get us back to playing Champions League football, after all that’s where we want to be.

If Benitez is indeed a target of the Celtic’s board then we assume he would want complete backing and control of this squad as a major investment is needed if we do want to play elite football.