Report: Peter Grant being considered for a role at Celtic next season

By David Walton

May 19, 2021

Hoops great Peter Grant is being considered for a role at Celtic next season working under Eddie Howe, according to the Daily Record.

Grant was a hero during his playing days at Parkhead. The ex-midfielder won two titles and three Scottish Cups during his 15-year spell at the club. He was also a key figure of the side who halted Celtic’s barren run in the late 80s/early 90s with their 1995 Scottish Cup win.

However, his return to Celtic as a first-team coach under Tony Mowbray would be disastrous. We know what happened there, with Celtic faltering badly in the 2009/10 campaign. Mowbray’s departure saw Grant follow him in what was only a short nine-month period at the club.

Grant has a previous working relationship with Howe too. The potential new Celtic boss named Grant as having a key influence on his career during his early days in management [BBC]. The admiration is clearly mutual too, with the ex-Celtic man once tipping Howe to be a future England manager [Daily Echo].

Peter is now out of work after leaving Alloa as manager. It’s fair to say his departure from the Wasps had Celtic fans speculating last month.

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Grant was anything but the main problem back in 2009/10. It wasn’t him who was signing the players who clearly weren’t good enough to cut it here. It wasn’t he who was directly responsible for selling the likes of Scott McDonald and Barry Robson back in January 2010 either.

In truth, Grant more than deserves his opportunity to finally put that spell to rest. Coming in under Howe and being part of a successful set-up would undoubtedly be of real attraction to him.

It’s also simply vital that the new manager has staff around him that he can trust. He needs to be able to put his faith in every one of them, and it’s clear that in the past they’ve had a great mutual respect for one another.

Peter Grant (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Not that his appointment should come as some sort of sympathy vote. Grant has extensive experience in coaching outside of his previous Parkhead tenure. He was a player-coach and assistant manager with Bournemouth. He was also manager at Norwich City and has been involved in first-team coaching roles with Scotland, West Brom, Birmingham, Nottingham Forest, and Fulham respectively.

He also impressively managed to keep Alloa in the Championship during the 2019/20 campaign. Granted, they suffered relegation this term which would eventually lead to his departure.

It would be nice to see Grant back involved at Celtic Park in some capacity. He’s still fondly remembered by the Hoops support, and any chance to erase the horrific days of Mowbray will surely be welcomed by all.

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