Sky Sports reporter claims Celtic have not made move for Shaun Maloney

By Euan Davidson

June 12, 2021

Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph has claimed no formal talks have taken place between Shaun Maloney and Celtic.

The former Bhoys attacker, who now works as assistant to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, was linked with the Sporting Director role at the end of May [Daily Record]. While arguably he’s extremely qualified, it would be a new role for the diminutive former Scotland international.

However, the chance to mould Celtic teams in his own tactical style, as well as working with a footballing aesthete in Ange Postecoglou, might well tip the balance in the future. But any deal is not quickly forthcoming, according to Joseph.

Speaking to the Only As Good As Your Last Game podcast, Joseph said:

“We’ve been a bit cold on that, in terms of our info. We don’t believe that is close to happening, or that is being discussed at the moment. But… perhaps behind the scenes there is some discussions.

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“Shaun Maloney is someone who’s close to Celtic, so he can [be] on WhatsApp and texting people within the club if they want to speak to him. But certainly no formal discussions have taken place with him at this stage.”

Former Celtic forward Shaun Maloney and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez / (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

Little movement on the Director front, but Shaun Maloney would be a good choice

In many ways, it’s probably more difficult than bringing in a manager, to a degree.

Ideally, a Sporting Director or Director of Football is someone who will be in charge of the footballing culture at a club for 7, 8 years at least, if they’re successful. A massive amount of trust is needed between the board and the candidate.

It’s a considerable investment for all parties. So it’s not the kind of appointment a club can rush on making. However, even with that caveat, Celtic have moved at a glacial pace.

Whether it’s Shaun Maloney or someone else, the Hoops board have to act far more quickly if they want to move in a more modern direction.

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