BLeicester have agreed a deal in principle to appoint Brendan Rodgers as manager immediately, Sportsmail can reveal.
The 46-year-old is poised to leave Celtic now and move to the King Power Stadium after Leicester convinced the Northern Irishman to take over from Claude Puel.
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon, who left Hibs earlier this season, is expected to replace Rodgers in a sensational return to the east end of Glasgow
As previously reported by Sportsmail, initial inquiries were made before Christmas but Puel survived by virtue of wins over Chelsea and Manchester City.
Rodgers had planned to see out the campaign with Celtic in the aim of winning a treble of trebles but there was always a hope at Leicester he could be persuaded to forgo those ambitions for another crack at the Premier League.
He said his farewells at Celtic’s Lennoxtown training ground late on Monday night with a deal agreed at midnight.
Celtic said in an official statement that they have given Rodgers permission to speak to Leicester: ‘Celtic today confirmed that it has been approached by Leicester City to speak to Brendan Rodgers with regards to their current managerial vacancy.
‘Brendan has indicated to the club that this is an opportunity he wishes to investigate further and therefore, very reluctantly, the club has granted him permission to speak to Leicester City.’
Rodgers last worked in England in October 2015 when he was sacked by Liverpool despite taking the club to the brink of the the title in 2013-14.
Leicester view Rodgers as a dynamic appointment who can galvanise a talented squad and bring through their exciting young players, including James Maddison, Ben Chilwell, Harvey Barnes, and Demarai Gray.