Malky Mackay keen to replace Deila, suggests plan needed to dominate Scottish football

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Malky Mackay is keen to hold talks over a return to Celtic.

Manager Malky Mackay has told Sky Sports that he would be keen to hold talks with his former club Celtic about becoming their new manager.

Mackay, 44, has been out of management since leaving Wigan Athletic in April 2015, and after more than a year out of the game, he appears to be ready for a return - despite some off-field issues in recent memory.

As reported by BBC Sport, Mackay was caught sending racist, sexist and homophobic texts to his former Cardiff City colleague Iain Moody, and whilst he apologised at the time, many haven't forgiven him for those incidents, and his reputation has suffered ever since.

Now though, the former Watford boss has set his sights on a particular job - Celtic. The Bhoys confirmed on Wednesday that current manager Ronny Deila will leave the club at the end of the season, and fans are wondering who could take the job when Deila goes.

Former Celtic players like Paul Lambert, Roy Keane, Neil Lennon and David Moyes have all been mentioned by supporters, and now Mackay is also keen on a return to the club.

The former centre back made 34 appearances for Celtic as a player, and has told Sky Sports that he would be keen to hold talks over a shock return to the club.

Mackay believes that Celtic need a plan to win ten league titles in a row and subsequently dominate Scottish football for the next five years - and he thinks he has the plan that Celtic need, but whether the Bhoys move for him or not remains to be seen.

"If Celtic wanted to talk to me, I'd certainly be keen to do that," said Mackay. "I think the next five-year period at Celtic is a crucial one. I think a record 10 titles in a row is achievable and a strong focus should be there."

"But for that to happen, I think there is a detailed and strategic plan needed going forward. I think I could help with that and bring a fresh approach. I've got an understanding of the club and an ability for that to happen," he added.

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