Massimo Donati outlines his Celtic managerial ambition

By David Walton

March 11, 2021

Massimo Donati has stated that it’s his ambition to one day take charge of Celtic as he gets sit to throw himself into the unforgiving world of football management.

Donati was at Parkhead between 2007 and 2009 after arriving from AC Milan. The Italian was largely disappointing during his spells under Gordon Strachan and Tony Mowbray. However, he still played a part in the iconic 2007/08 title win.

The ex-Milan midfielder left Parkhead and had further spells in Italy and Scotland. He’s since started his coaching career and was part of the Kilmarnock backroom staff under both Angelo Alessio and Alex Dyer respectively.

And as he awaits the right opportunity to be his own man in the dugout, Donati outlined his ultimate Parkhead ambition.

Speaking to Tribal Football, the former Italy under-21 international said: “Working at Kilmarnock was a great experience. I have big plans as a manager in the future, I am just waiting for the right opportunity and I can’t wait for it to arrive.

“I have had many good coaches in my career and I have always tried to ‘steal’ something from each of them to be ready when my time comes.

“Celtic is really a great club, not even I was aware of its greatness until I found myself living it every day. From the point of view of the organisation (and not only that) it is very similar to Milan. My dream/goal is to become manager of Celtic one day.”

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In terms of what you would think Donati would bring to management, it’s all guesswork at this stage. He only worked briefly under Alessio whilst his time under Dyer was also short. In total, Donati only spent 12 months in Ayrshire.

He’s not the kind of household name that will instantly be linked with the Celtic job. If he wants the biggest job in Scottish football, he’s going to have to work hard for it.

As a player, Donati was certainly technically gifted, albeit inconsistent. But he’s worked under a host of managers during his time in club football.

Massimo Donati celebrates against AC Milan (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Not many realise that Massimo played for as many as 12 clubs throughout his playing career. He has a host of former bosses he can take nuggets from to try and mould his own style.

But whether he’ll ever make it to Parkhead is anyone’s guess. We can only understand a bit more about his managerial style once he takes his first role.

What’s great to see here, of course, is the love Donati still has for the Hoops. If anything was proof of the impact we as a club have on foreign players, it’s reflected well in Massimo. We wish him well wherever he ends up for his first gig.

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