Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy comments on his time playing for Celtic

Mick McCarthy says he 'loved' his time playing for Celtic.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has told The Scottish Sun that Celtic will always have a place in his heart having played for the Bhoys during the 1980's.

McCarthy, 57, currently has Ipswich sat in eighth place in the Premier League table, just four points adrift of the play-off places, where the Tractor Boys fell short last season.

Whilst that push for the top six is ongoing, the international break has given McCarthy time to speak to The Scottish Sun about his former club Celtic, ahead of their big Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Old Firm rivals Rangers.

McCarthy made 69 appearances for Celtic as a defender during his playing days, scoring eight goals after arriving from Manchester City in 1987, before moving on to Lyon and Millwall to end his career.

The former Millwall, Ireland, Southampton and Wolves manager won one league title and two Scottish Cups during his time with Celtic, and has now looked back on his Bhoys career.

"I loved my time at Celtic. I had two great years in Glasgow," said McCarthy. "We won the Double and then we won the Cup before I went to Lyon. There will always be a place in my heart for Celtic. Not only was it an honour to play for a great club and in front of great fans, but it made me more of a favourite when I was playing for Ireland."

"We won the Double in 1988 and then Ireland played in the European Championships, so that will go down as one of the most memorable years of my career," he added.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila is under pressure and could lose his job this summer, and given his history with the Bhoys, McCarthy may be one name in the frame.

Having admitted that he still loves Celtic, McCarthy surely wouldn't say no to taking over from Deila if the Norwegian does leave at the end of the campaign, and his experience in management could put him in consideration from the Celtic hierarchy, even if younger managers are more likely to be approached than McCarthy.

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