Report: former Celtic man John Hughes tipped for Lennoxtown role

By Euan Davidson

June 3, 2021

According to the Daily Record [print edition, page 50, 03/06/21], former Celtic player John Hughes is being tipped for a role at the club.

The report claims that Hughes, who has not long left Ross County, could take charge of the Bhoys’ Colt side. Having agreed a deal with the Scottish Lowland League, both Celtic and Rangers’ B teams will feature in a division below the SPFL.

It’d be quite the step down for Hughes. ‘Yogi’ kept the Staggies safe from relegation in 20-21. He could easily take most Premiership or Championship jobs of his choosing. However, he has expressed delight over the development of young players, particularly Norwegian defender Leo Hjelde. The opportunity to be involved in the moulding of careers at Academy level could interest him.

That is, however, if Dundee United don’t make the first move. Having recently parted ways with Micky Mellon, who subsequently rejoined Tranmere Rovers [BBC], the Tangerines could be after Yogi themselves. Having used a fast-paced, intricate style under managers like Jackie McNamara, a more eye-catching brand of football may be the talk of Tannadice. With Hughes, they’d get that.

John Hughes at Celtic Park / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

John Hughes is far too qualified: Celtic must get him for this job, then

Imagine John Hughes coaching in the Lowland League. Fine, he’s not Arrigo Sacchi, but he’s a quality manager at Scottish Premiership level. His exploits with a seemingly doomed Ross County side have exemplified that. He’s vastly overqualified for a job coaching Celtic’s B Team.

When Eddie Howe to Celtic looked on, I suggested that Hughes would make an excellent addition to the Celtic backroom staff. I stand by that, and I reckon he’d be an asset as an assistant manager or a first-team coach. But if his passion is in working with talented prospects, then this is perfect for him.

His wages, too, would presumably be comparable with what he’d earn as a manager at Ross County, or even Dundee United. So there’s no problem there.

From Celtic’s point of view, this would be an absolute coup. But you can’t help but wonder if John Hughes has better options to consider.

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