Football Insider pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has been giving his thoughts regarding a possible Celtic return for Martin O’Neill as the club’s director of football.
The Lowdown: O’Neill links
Celtic have a new manager in Ange Postecoglou but are still looking to land a director of football after talks with Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin broke down at the beginning of June.
According to Football Insider, who were informed by a Celtic source at the end of June, O’Neill has informed the Hoops hierarchy he is ‘interested’ in the newly-created role.
O’Neill, who holds his UEFA Pro Licence as a coach, was Celtic boss for four years between 2001-2005, winning seven major honours at Parkhead, but it now appears as if he is keen on a position higher up in Glasgow.
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The Latest: Agbonlahor reacts
Agbonlahor was talking to Football Insider about O’Neill and a potential return to Parkhead.
The 34-year-old seemed to be all for a move, describing it as a ‘perfect appointment’.
“I think it could be a good appointment.
“Martin O’Neill knows the club better than anyone. It would be a perfect appointment. He loves the club so he’s the sort of person who can get the right players in and the right system in place.
“He loves Celtic and he won’t want them to be losing the title to Rangers again.
“So, definitely, I think it would be a great appointment.”
The Verdict: A no brainer?
Having O’Neill in as DoF to work closely with Postecoglou appears to be a no brainer. The 69-year-old could help Postecoglou when it comes to settling into Celtic Park life during his first season, while also assisting in transfer dealings.
Celtic, if they still have their hearts set on a DoF, could do with filling the vacant role as soon as possible, with the transfer window open and time ticking until the new season.
O’Neill has made it clear he would be keen, so the ball seems to be in Celtic’s court. If it was down to Agbonlahor, he would be returning to Scotland.
In other news: Celtic may have completed some under-the-radar business on pre-season Wales tour, find out more here.
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