Former Celtic player could make Parkhead return as coach

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Following the inconsistent season that Celtic have had so far, most fans would be happy that they are still in the running to win a Premiership and Scottish Cup double. At the same time, it is important to recognise the need for changes at the club, both on and off the pitch. Fortunately, it looks like those changes are well underway.

Of course, the departure of Mark Lawwell is the one that has been in the headlines. One would hope that the recruitment strategy changes following his exit but then, considering the limitations within which Celtic seem to operate, one has to wonder how much change is realistically possible.

On the other hand, the club's youth ranks look set to undergo changes as well. Celtic have not done a good job in years when it comes to promoting their academy standouts to the first-team. Hopefully, that will change soon.

As reported by the Daily Record, Celtic are on the lookout for a new Under-18s coach after Stuart McLaren left at the turn of the year. Jonny Hayes and Charlie Mulgrew are in the frame for the job.

Former Celtic player could make Parkhead return as coach

Both Mulgrew and Hayes have played for Celtic in the past. So, it looks like the club want a former player to take up that role.

Interestingly, Hayes is still playing for Aberdeen. At the same time, he also has been coaching in their academy this season. And with him set to turn 37 in the summer, he is in the twilight of his career on the pitch for sure.

It might be simpler to bring in Mulgrew, who was a Celtic academy graduate himself and won five league titles during his time at the club as a player. He also represented teams like Blackburn Rovers, Wolves, Aberdeen, Wigan Athletic and more. The 38-year-old is believed to be keen on a coaching role.