Former Celtic stars David Moyes and Alan Stubbs on Scotland return

By David Walton

November 5, 2019

Former Celtic stalwarts David Moyes and Alan Stubbs have both been talking about whether they would return to Scotland today.

Two big managerial jobs are on the go up here. Hearts sacked Craig Levein just days before Hibernian parted ways with Paul Heckingbottom. Edinburgh’s big two clubs remain leaderless, and both look like great jobs for someone.

Stubbs, of course, was the Hibs manager between 2014 and 2016 – leading them to Scottish Cup glory for the first time since 1902. Moyes, meanwhile, hasn’t worked in Scotland since he played for Hamilton back in 1993.

Alan Stubbs made history at Hibernian (Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

And, speaking to the BBC, Moyes seemed to indicate that he had his eyes more on the Celtic job, without actually mentioning our name.

“Hopefully someday I may well come back – but at the moment it’s not just now. Ultimately it is football management and it happens. But no, neither job would be of any interest to me.

“I wouldn’t say I wouldn’t move back to Scotland. Scotland is my love and Glasgow is where I’m from.”

It’s fair to say that Stubbs was much more open to returning to Leith.

“I did leave too quick. I really enjoyed my time there – it’s a great club. You can never say never. I’d be interested.

“It’s sad to see both Edinburgh clubs in the situation that they’re in right now. They’ll be two lucky managers that go into two really good clubs.”

Both men have a long way to go before they prove they’re worthy of Celtic

Naturally, with both men’s past, there’s the question of whether either could one day manage Celtic. Moyes most definitely hints at the fact he would be open to this. He mentioned Glasgow being his home, and it’s difficult to take that as anything other than a sign that he’s itching for a Celtic return.

David Moyes is damaged goods these days – his reputation needs rebuilding (Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

However, his reputation has taken a battering in recent years. His failed stint at Manchester United was excusable. But he followed it up with sackings from the likes of Real Sociedad and Sunderland respectively.

Moyes isn’t the name he once was, and he most certainly isn’t the attraction he once was either. If he goes back into management and starts rebuilding his reputation, maybe a discussion could one day be had. But even then, many supporters are firmly against him becoming our manager anytime soon.

As for Stubbs, he made a terrible choice in leaving Easter Road for Rotherham. He had a good thing going there, and looked certain to take them into the Premiership the year he departed. It could’ve been he as opposed to Neil Lennon who became such a hero over there.

He is, of course, still cherished in Leith thanks to his Scottish Cup win. But his spell at Rotherham ended after just four months. He then followed that up with a brutally brief spell at St Mirren. He only lasted three months before he left the club.

Stubbs’ promising start to management has taken two dents at Rotherham and St Mirren respectively (Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

Both men are a long way away from managing Celtic anytime soon. But a return to Easter Road for Stubbs wouldn’t be the most surprising thing in the world. It’s difficult to see, meanwhile, whether Moyes sees himself as above both jobs. He shouldn’t.

It’ll be interesting to see what direction both men take in the coming weeks and months. But if either are offered jobs in Edinburgh, they should seriously consider taking it.