By Kieran Maguire

13th Mar, 2022 | 1:58pm

Kieran Maguire: Conor McGregor could front Celtic 'consortium' as takeover deal 'explored'

UFC superstar Conor McGregor would need the help of a consortium if he is to have a realistic chance of buying Celtic.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Irishman’s interest in a Parkhead takeover.

As relayed by The Scotsman last Sunday (6 March), McGregor has reiterated that he is interested in taking over one of Celtic, Chelsea or Man United.

The 33-year-old, who is among the world’s highest-paid athletes, claimed he “does not speak in jest” and that all “options are being explored”.

Current controlling shareholder Dermot Desmond has given no indication that he would be open to selling his equity in Celtic.

And Maguire claims that his countryman McGregor would need the help of a wealthy team of backers to pull off any takeover deal in any case.

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“McGregor might be front of house as far a consortium is concerned,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“He doesn’t have the resources himself, but he does make a fortune out of his own brand.

“I don’t think he would be advised to buy Celtic or another football club alone, it would have to be as part of a group.

“However, he would be the public face and centre of attention if such a deal was to take place.”

Desmond owns 35 per cent of Celtic.

The billionaire also owns 25 per cent of League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers and previously held a stake in Man United.

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