Massimo Donati talks up Celtic to Italian media, not long after stating long-term career ambitions

By Euan Davidson

March 26, 2021

Massimo Donati just loves Celtic Football Club.

Only two weeks ago, the Italian was talking about Celtic in the context of his coaching career. The former AC Milan midfielder had stated that managing the Bhoys was his “dream” [Tribal Football].

Signed in 2007, Donati was key to a couple of significant moments in the Hoops. His late goal against Shakhtar Donetsk in 2007 edged the Bhoys towards Last-16 Champions League football [BBC]. An early effort, an equaliser against Aberdeen in August of that year [BBC], established Donati as a popular figure.

The chant of “Mo, Mo, Massimo” could be heard throughout Celtic Park when the Italian was similarly on song. Eventually, he was phased out of the side by Gordon Strachan, and then Tony Mowbray, who sold him to Bari in 2009.

Regardless of how things went from a footballing perspective, though, Donati holds enormous affection for the Celtic supporters. Today, he told Italian outlet SampNews24:

“I have changed a lot of teams and for me it is a positive thing. I like meeting new people, cities and cultures. The experience at Celtic was fantastic, in Scotland you learn a different kind of football and life.”

Whether life is better in Glasgow than it is in cities like Milan or Bari is, of course, down to the individual’s perspective.

Donati is beaten to the ball by an unknown Barcelona youngster / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Massimo Donati clearly loves Celtic; could a coaching role emerge?

While it’s unlikely that Massimo Donati would be part of a new manager’s immediate coaching staff, the Italian is certainly getting his name out.

The aforementioned interview with Tribal Football made his agenda pretty clear. He’s also enjoyed coaching roles with Hamilton Accies and Kilmarnock. Obviously, there’s something about Scottish football that appeals to the former AC Milan man.

He went on tell Tribal Football:

“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.”

If anyone’s put themselves in the Celtic shop window, Roy Keane aside, it’s arguably Massimo Donati. For sure, he’s years away from even being linked to the top job at Paradise. But if he launches an ascent through the coaching ranks, don’t be surprised if we hear more from the ex-Bhoys midfielder in the future.

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