By Alex McLeish

7th Jul, 2021 | 7:30pm

Ex-manager backs Celtic to appoint 'tremendous' O'Neill after source's update

Martin O’Neill would be a “tremendous” appointment as director of football at Celtic, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the ex-Hoops manager could “do that job standing on his head”.

As revealed by Football Insider on June 30th, O’Neill has told Celtic chiefs he would be keen on the vacant director of football role.

The 69-year-old was approached by Celtic over taking charge as manager in the short term following Neil Lennon’s departure.

A Celtic source told this site while O’Neill rejected their overtures, he would be interested in a more executive role at Parkhead.

McLeish, who went head to head with the Northern Irishman during their days as Rangers and Celtic managers, admitted he was wowed by O’Neill’s footballing brain.

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He insisted the former Nottingham Forest boss would be an excellent senior appointment at Parkhead.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Hugely intelligent guy. I know Martin very well and I believe he could do that job easily.

“He’s got an amazing brain. I just really think highly of the guy in terms of that kind of role.”

“I know Martin extremely well and he is a super-intelligent guy. He could do that job standing on his head.”

O’Neill has been out of work since leaving Nottingham Forest in 2019.

The Northern Irishman spent five years in the Celtic dugout and was the most successful Hoops boss since Jock Stein.

He won three league titles, three Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup during his time at Parkhead.

In other news, Celtic could miss out on an £18million windfall after a Uefa reveal.