Alan McInally predicts how Moyes feels about Celtic job, suggests head v heart dilemma

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Alan McInally thinks that David Moyes will have a desire to manage Celtic.

Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally has told the Daily Mail that he thinks David Moyes would have 'a burning desire' to manage Celtic - but would still be surprised if he ended up at Celtic Park.

Celtic announced on Wednesday that manager Ronny Deila will be leaving the club at the end of the season after an underwhelming campaign, with fans already wondering who could replace the Norwegian.

Former Bhoys players like Roy Keane, Paul Lambert, Malky Mackay, Neil Lennon, Alan Stubbs and Henrik Larsson have all been touted for returns to Celtic Park as Deila's successor, but the current odds-on favourite with bookmakers is another ex-Celtic player.

David Moyes played 24 times for Celtic in his formative years as a player, but was better known for managing Preston North End and Everton before heading to Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor in 2013.

Now looking to rebuild his managerial career having struggled at United and then Real Sociedad, Moyes has been out of work since November and could look to return this summer.

Given his reputation as well as his links to Celtic, Moyes is a popular choice for the job - but Alan McInally thinks it could be a head v heart dilemma for Moyes.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sky Sports pundit McInally predicted that Moyes will have a 'burning desire' to be Celtic manager and return to his former club - but also isn't convinced this is the right time for Moyes, as he may want a bigger job than Celtic, given where he has managed in recent years.

"I’d be genuinely surprised if Davie Moyes was the next Celtic manager if he had the choice of an English Premier League team," said McInally. "This is not being unkind to Celtic. I’m sure he’d struggle with his head and his heartstrings. But because of what Davie has done in his managerial career, I don’t know whether he thinks he can be a little bit more choosy rather than speak with the heart. I haven’t spoken to Davie yet, and I will talk to him, but I’d have thought he’d have a burning desire to be Celtic manager."

"The problem with that specific is that Davie’s managerial career has probably taken a path that even he didn’t anticipate. He went from Preston to Everton, and his great work at Goodison for more than a decade gave him the opportunity to be manager of Manchester United. He’s also managed in the Spanish top flight."

"So, perhaps Celtic, and going back to Scotland, wouldn’t be as high on his radar as it would’ve been a while ago for the simple reason of where Scottish football is now after the last four or five years. Listen, I think he might be Celtic manager one day. But Scottish football isn’t quite back on its feet yet. It’s not what it was," he added.

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