By Kevin Phillips

4th Jul, 2021 | 8:14am

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Kevin Phillips claims the potential appointment of Martin O’Neill as director of football would be a great move by Celtic.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the former Celtic boss could help Ange Postecoglou adapt to Scottish Football.

On 30th June, Football Insider exclusively revealed O’Neill was “interested” in filling the vacant director of football role.

As revealed by Football Insider in April, the Glasgow giants held extensive talks with Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin over the post.

The 69-year-old previously managed Celtic between 2000 and 2005.

Phillips claims O’Neill will have to resist the urge to try and manage the team if he returns to Parkhead in a new role.

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“He’s probably accepted his managerial career is over,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

A director of football role makes sense but there has to parameters set up.

“He can’t get too involved with the manager. The new boss needs help.

“He doesn’t know the league, he doesn’t know the market or the sort of players Celtic need to challenge Rangers.

“There’s no one better than Martin O’Neill when it comes to that.

“It could be a really good, massive signing for Celtic in terms of helping them recruit players.

The Irishman won seven major honours during his five-year spell at Celtic, including three league titles.

He was the recipient of the Scottish Premier League Manager of the Year award after the Hoops won the 2003/04 title.

In other news, Frank McAvennie baffled by multiple “weird” twists in senior Celtic player transfer saga.