By Amir Mir

Paddy Riley could be handed a route back in football with Celtic just weeks after being sacked by Aston Villa, according to a report.

The Sun claim Riley is in the frame to be reunited with manager Brendan Rodgers after they worked togather at Liverpool.

Riley was an unpopular figure amongst the Villa Park support, as he was criticised for his transfer dealings, prior to the club’s humiliating relegation last season.

Riley was sacked as the head of recruitment and scouting in September and replaced by former Manchester United assistant Steve Round.

Scottish champions Celtic purchased six senior players during the recently concluded summer window, including Villa’s Scott Sinclair for £5 million.

Former Premier League manager Rodgers replaced Ronny Deila as manager in the summer and has guided the club to the top of the SPL table, registering 22 points from eight games.

The club’s summer signings have also bedded in well in Glasgow, with Sinclair scoring seven goals in eight appearances, while free-transfer Moussa Dembele has scored six.

In other Celtic transfer news, supporters on Twitter displayed their disappointment as this senior defender is axed against Rangers.