By Wayne Veysey

30th Jun, 2021 | 12:20pm

Sources: O’Neill ‘interested’ in becoming the new Celtic director of football

Martin O’Neill has thrown his hat into the ring to be the new Celtic director of football, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The former Hoops manager and club legend, 69, is keen on a sensational return to Parkhead.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that O’Neill has let it be known to the Celtic board that he would be interested in becoming the director of football as the club’s overhaul continues.

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

However, an agreement could not be reached with the 44-year-old and the role remains vacant.

The club are looking to fill the void following former recruitment chief Nick Hammond’s exit in March.

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Intriguingly, the Celtic board put out feelers to O’Neill last December to ascertain his interest in taking over as manager for the rest of the season.

However, the Northern Irishman rejected their overtures.

At the time, he was not interested on returning to the club he managed with huge success for five years.

But O’Neill still takes a great interest in Celtic’s affairs and watches the team closely.

It is understood he would be keen on a more executive role following Ange Postecoglou’s arrival as manager.

O’Neill took charge of the Bhoys between 2000 and 2005, with three league titles under his belt.

He also picked up three Scottish Cups, a Scottish League Cup and a UEFA Cup runners up medal.

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