Could Roberto Martinez raid former side Everton if he lands the Celtic job?
Former Everton boss Roberto Martinez is a candidate for the vacant Celtic job, according a report in the Daily Mail.
Martinez has a mixed track record in England, with the highlight being a FA Cup win in 2013 with Wigan, but his sides have won praise for playing football which is easy on the eye.
At Everton he returned to former club Wigan Athletic to sign Antolin Alcaraz, Arouna Kone and James McCarthy, and it would not be a surprise to see him raid the Toffees if he landed the Celtic job.
Here are three Everton players Martinez could potentially target for Celtic...
South African international Pienaar is a free agent at the end of the season, and at 34 will be looking for one last hurrah. The dynamic midfielder would provide vital experience for a Celtic side which could utilise it to their advantage next season, and he would not shy away from the physical battle in central midfield. After struggling to make an impact last season he will be raring to go and hopeful of making an impact wherever he lands up.
Yes, don't be surprised if Roberto Martinez looks to Arouna Kone for a third time. The Ivorian striker is trusted by the Spaniard, and needs a fresh start after struggling for game time behind Romelu Lukaku. He has overcome a serious knee injury suffered early in his Everton career, and at 32 should still be confident that he can score goals into double figures in the Scottish Premiership.
Barry was one of Everton's best players this past season, one of the few to really shine under Roberto Martinez. The midfielder is though 35, and has just one year remaining on his Everton contract. His future will depend on Everton's next boss' plans for him, but there remains a chance Martinez could lure him away with the promise of a new challenge and the chance to win a title.