Ex-Premier League boss Malky Mackay admits managing former club Celtic would be dream job

Malky Mackay would love to become Celtic manager in the future.

Former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay has told BBC Sport that he would love to become Celtic's manager in the near future, labelling it a dream job.

Mackay, 44, impressed as Watford manager before leaving for Cardiff City in 2011, and he took the Bluebirds to the Premier League in 2013.

The Scot then fell out with owner Vincent Tan and left the club in December 2013, before allegations were made about discriminatory texts sent by the manager in August 2014, as reported by BBC Sport.

Mackay attempted to rebuild his reputation by taking the Wigan Athletic job in November 2014, but he lasted less than five months before being sacked towards the end of last season, and he has been out of work ever since.

Now though, Mackay is targeting a return to management - and he may have his sights on a return to former club Celtic, whose current manager Ronny Deila may leave the club this summer having come in for stern criticism from supporters throughout the season.

Mackay has told BBC Sport that he would love a return to Celtic, having played 34 games for the club as a defender during the 1990's, labelling it the dream job for him because he knows the fabric and history of the Bhoys.

However, Mackay also added that he didn't want to outright tout himself for the job as it's disrespectful towards current boss Deila, and he himself has experienced similar during his career.

"I'm an ex-Celtic player, I'm an eastender, I lived in Baillieston, so it's 10 minutes from the club. I know the fabric of the football club and know the history," Mackay said. "Of course it is [the dream job], it's a fabulous club. But I'm loathed to talk about specific clubs, particularly when managers are in place, because it happened to me," he added.

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