David Moyes' appearance at Celtic Park isn't anything to worry about

By David Walton

April 28, 2019

David Moyes yesterday showed his face at Celtic Park.

The appearance of former Manchester United and Everton manager in the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock appears to have struck fear into some. The Scotsman isn’t a popular choice to become the next Celtic manager. Yet, with Moyes showing his face against Kilmarnock, some appeared concerned.

Celtic’s next appointment is a massive decision that will define 10-in-a-row. Failure to make the right one and fans won’t ever forgive the board. And the acquisition of Moyes certainly won’t suffice either.

David Moyes has been out of work since leaving West Ham (Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

But, the truth is, his appearance at Parkhead yesterday wasn’t anything to be concerned about.

As we all know, yesterday was a celebration of the life of Billy McNeill. The greatest ever Celtic captain passed away last week, with yesterday being the first match since Cesar’s passing.

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The fact the game came in the closing weeks of the season could make it look as though Moyes is being considered for the job.

But for those who can remember back, or are comprehensive in their knowledge of Moyes’ history, they’ll know his appearance was nothing to worry about.

Moyes played for Celtic between 1980 and 1983. At the same time, big Cesar was the manager at Parkhead during his first spell in charge. He signed Moyes for Celtic after being in the job for two years and gave him his big break at Parkhead.

Celtic paid tribute to Billy McNeill yesterday at Celtic Park (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Both men would leave the club in ’93, and wouldn’t ever reunite professionally. But, given the relationship that existed between McNeill and Moyes, it’s most likely that the former Everton boss simply wanted to come along to Parkhead and pay his respects to his former boss who gave him his big chance in football.

The 67-second applause, the gathering of the Lisbon Lions, and the songs being sung throughout the Kilmarnock clash was a beautiful tribute to Cesar. You can hardly blame Moyes if he wanted to simply come up and experience it all.

Worrying about him being a managerial candidate isn’t worth doing. He hasn’t been spoken to by Celtic as far as reports go. Therefore, it seems clear he was simply up paying tribute to his former manager.

Will he get the job, however? Surely that remains highly unlikely.