Celtic are reportedly interested in obtaining ex-Celt Shaun Maloney’s services ahead of their summer rebuild, according to the Daily Record.
The Lowdown: Pandemonium in Paradise
Astonishingly, Celtic still find themselves without certainty as to who will be on the coaching pay-roll next season. Still without a manager following Neil Lennon’s resignation in February, they face considerable uncertainty at the club with the new campaign drawing ever closer [BBC].
Mass reconstruction is set to dominate the Celtic landscape this summer. Rumoured to be switching to a sporting director model, angst has increased amongst Hoops supporters due to dithering and inaction within their senior boardroom ranks.
The Latest: Celts eye Maloney swoop
As reports suggest, Fergal Harkin’s prospective move to Glasgow as sporting director may have stalled [The Celtic Star]. Consequentially, Maloney has emerged as a target to fill the vacant position.
Currently on the books of Belgium as an assistant coach, the Celtic hierarchy may see Maloney as an ideal fit for the role, as they look to wrestle the Scottish Premiership title back from rivals Rangers.
His progressive way of thinking, passion for the modern game and Celtic connections have caught the eye of the boardroom. Intriguingly, the Daily Record suggest the Hoops may pull on the latter to finalise the deal, while they also claim talks between Maloney and outgoing chief executive Peter Lawwell have already started.
The Verdict: Major coup for Celtic if they can make Maloney reality
In a year of turmoil at Celtic Park, innovation is necessary in order to get the Celts back on track. Described by Roberto Martinez as having an ‘elite brain’, former Aston Villa man Maloney could be the perfect appointment for Celtic [The Scottish Sun].
Having worked with world class Belgian players on the international scene since 2018, he has a unique understanding of what it takes to succeed at the top level. If he could translate this to club football, he could be an excellent addition to the Celtic fold.
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