Shaun Maloney sidesteps question on dream team Celtic managerial appointment

By John McGinley

March 1, 2021

Former Celtic attacker Shaun Maloney deftly sidestepped speculation linking both him and Roberto Martinez with a move to the Bhoys after Neil Lennon’s departure.

Celtic are on the hunt for a permanent managerial appointment to take the club forward into a new era.

One of the names hot on the lips of Celtic supporters is Martinez, aided by Maloney.

The Belgian coach was a guest on BBC Sportscene over the weekend and was inevitably asked about it by presenter Jonathan Sutherland.

However, Maloney didn’t give much away, telling the programme: “It’s an impossible question for me to answer. I have to show respect to the federation that have put massive faith in me.

“From a sporting point of view, I really hope that Celtic, whatever decision they make, they make it quickly. These decisions have to be made.

“They can definitely fight for the title again next year and the big thing they need to do, they have to get that connection with the supporters. If that’s not there then they’re not going to be able to fight.”

Martinez and Maloney to Celtic remains unlikely

With Martinez and Maloney about to head to the Euros with Belgium and embark on a World Cup qualifying campaign, it seems incredibly unlikely they’d be arriving at Celtic any time soon.

It’s a natural link, but my guess would be the Bhoys aren’t able to attract that level of coaching to the club.

Martinez and Maloney take in Belgium training at Hampden / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

There are capable managers and coaches out there, outside of Scotland and the UK, but Martinez is already established at the elite level and despite the Maloney attachment to Celtic, isn’t going to give up what he’s got.

Our search will go on and we have to aim high, but we also have to be realistic.

In other news, Arsenal are now interested in a young attacker wanted by Celtic.