Whelan: Maloney could be perfect Celtic appointment after reported talks held

Noel Whelan claims Celtic fans will welcome Shaun Maloney’s potential return to Parkhead.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims his knowledge of the club would be useful as Celtic look to rebuild.

As reported by the Daily Record last week (31st May), the 38-year-old has held talks with the Bhoys over a return to Parkhead in a key senior role.

Maloney is currently preparing for this summer’s delayed Euros as Belgium’s assistant manager.

He has been in the role since September 2018 after leaving his job with Celtic Under 20s.

As a player, Maloney won five league titles during his first spell at Parkhead.

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Whelan claims Hoops fans will welcome Maloney if he returns and admitted it would be a “very good appointment”.

“Now that’s a signing that won’t upset the fans,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“He had a good spell with the club then got out there and got some experience. 

“If he comes back in, he knows the football club. He knows what it’s all about and what’s required at a giant club like Celtic. 

“It went so wrong for them last season and they are so far behind Rangers. You need personnel who understand what’s needed at certain clubs. 

“To bring someone in who has that experience and is well-liked by the fans is a softening blow for the club. But also a very good appointment.”

Belgium are ranked among the favourites for this summer’s delayed Euros.

This will be Maloney’s first major tournament with the Red Devils.

In other news, Celtic have made a move to sign a star who’s just had the best season of his career.