FORMER St Mirren player Steve Clarke has been installed as the joint favourite to succeed Brendan Rodgers as Celtic boss. 

As reported by our sister title The Evening Times, the Northern Irishman has departed the club to take over at Premier League side Leicester City following the departure of Frenchman Claude Puel at the weekend. 

Rodgers initially voiced his wish to remain in Glasgow for the remainder of the season as he pushed for an unprecedented treble treble. The 46-year-old was reluctant to sully his legacy by leaving the club at this stage of the season but Leicester made it clear yesterday that the offer was of an immediate and one-time invitation.

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While the club have yet to officially confirm his departure, that hasn't stopped the bookies from offering on odds on who will be the next man at Parkhead tasked with bringing home the treble treble. 

As of this morning, Kilmarnock manager Clarke is 5-2 favourite alongside former Celtic and Hibs boss Neil Lennon. 

Former Celtic player David Moyes is next at 5-1 with Roberto Martinez (8-1) and ex-Rangers midfielder Mikel Arteta (10-1) completing the top five. 

Others touted for the role are David Wagner, Michael O'Neill and Sean Dyche.