By Coral Barry

Celtic should do everything possible to capture David Moyes because he is a huge admirer of the club, according to his former number two Alan Irvine.

Irvine was Moyes’ assistant coach at Everton before trying his hand at the managerial hotseat himself and is convinced his former boss could be persuaded to take on the Celtic job.

Moyes has been installed as the bookies’ favourite to succeed Ronny Deila after it was announced the Norwegian would leave the club at the end of the season.

However despite his insistence that Moyes would be interested in the post, Irvine has warned Celtic they will not be the only club looking to seal the 52-year-old’s signature and should act quickly.

“If I was the chief executive of a lot of clubs, never mind Celtic, he’d be top of my list,” said Irvine speaking to Mail Sport, as quoted by the Daily Record. “He’s probably the best manager who is available.

“The job won’t scare him, that’s for sure.

“He speaks highly of Celtic. Him and Jimmy Lumsden talk in glowing terms about the club, the organisation and about the fans.

“There’s no doubt he thinks a great deal of them. He also recognises the challenge you get as their manager as well.

“The fact you’re either first or last, and there’s nothing in between.”

Moyes has been out of work since getting the sack at Real Sociedad in November and has found management difficult since leaving Everton to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2013.

Despite his troubles at United and then in La Liga, Moyes had 11 impressive seasons at Everton transforming them into genuine Premier League mainstays and steering them up the table.

Celtic have also been linked with a host of other former Premier League managers including Brendan Rodgers, but Deila has warned any potential successor taking on the Hoops job that it will be no walk in the park even for the game’s most high profile managers.

In other Celtic news, Deila has outlined the two main reasons he has found life in Scotland too difficult.