Sunday 23 October 2016

No truth in rumours that Ryan Giggs could be taking over Celtic manager

Published 02/02/2016 | 21:41

Is Ryan Giggs about to quit his role as Manchester United assistant boss?
Is Ryan Giggs about to quit his role as Manchester United assistant boss?

Rumours that Ryan Giggs had quit his role as Manchester United assistant manager to take over as Celtic boss have proved to be false.

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The absence of Giggs from his familiar position alongside United manager Louis van Gaal from Tuesday night’s Premier League game against Stoke sparked wild Twitter speculation suggesting the Welshman had tendered is resignation.

Yet it was subsequently confirmed that Giggs missed the game due for "family reasons" and that he remains very much committed to his role at United.

Giggs - who is reported to be on a shortlist of contenders to take over as Swansea boss next summer - remains a strong contender to succeed Van Gaal as United manager when the veteran Dutchman decides to step down from his current role.

That move may well come at the end of this season, yet the pressure that have been on Van Gaal for some time was relieved after his side’s impressive 3-0 win against Stoke.

In what was arguably their most impressive performance of the season at Old Trafford, goals from Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney sealed a morale boosting win that edged United closer to the sides ahead of them in the top four.

Giggs is expected to be back at Van Gaal’s side for Sunday’s Premier League game at Chelsea, with the Twitter ‘experts’ who claimed they were breaking the Giggs to Celtic story left to explain their false reports.

Bookies fell for the rumours as they slashed the odds on Giggs taking over from Celtic boss Ronny Deila, who remains under huge pressure after a 3-1 League Cup defeat against Ross County on Sunday.

Here is some of the reaction on Twitter:

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