Johan Mjallby is keen on Celtic coaching return but thinks Lennon is happy with his current staff

By John McGinley

November 10, 2020

Iconic former Celtic defender Johan Mjallby has been speaking about the current situation at the club with former defender Mark Wilson on this week’s edition of The Celtic Huddle podcast.

Mjallby made 199 appearances for the club as a hard-hitting centre-half between 1998 and 2004, before returning as Neil Lennon’s assistant manager during his first spell as Bhoys boss.

He subsequently followed Lennon to Bolton but hasn’t worked with him since 2015.

When Celtic re-appointed the manager in 2019, a backroom staff of John Kennedy and Damien Duff was put in place alongside him.

This season, Gavin Strachan is part of the three-man unit, with Duff returning to the Republic of Ireland.

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Some have queried if Lennon should have his own men in the dugout during such an important season.

Asked if he misses the club and would be open to a return, Mjallby told The Celtic Huddle: “Yeah, of course, I miss the buzz and working for one of the finest clubs in the world. I miss the competitive edge of it.

“But I think Neil is quite happy with his backroom staff, to be honest with you. He knows what I would bring, he knows what I stand for, so we might work together in the future, you never know.”

The former Swedish international also stated he is still in touch with Lennon, though perhaps not as often as he should be due to his hatred of phones!

Mjallby and Lennon were certainly a formidable team during the early stages of our current nine-in-a-row run and I wouldn’t actually be against seeing the big man back at Paradise.

Former Celtic defender Johan Mjallby / (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Perhaps it’s just nostalgia but I’ve always been impressed by his presence and passion for Celtic, from his playing days right through to his spell as coach.

Celtic don’t appear to be in the mood to appoint anyone else to the backroom staff right now though, so we can’t exactly say it’s on the cards.

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