During Neil Lennon’s second spell as manager of Celtic, he wasn’t given too many tools in order to improve the Hoops.
The Glaswegian side eventually fell behind their rivals and despite the drab performances and poor recruitment, the backroom staff at Parkhead wasn’t really up to scratch.
Brendan Rodgers was able to bring in a number of fresh faces to the training ground with Kolo Toure, Glen Driscoll and Chris Davies all becoming coaches under the former manager’s stewardship.
Lennon, on the other hand, was handed his own staff by the welcoming hierarchy.
Before a deal for Eddie Howe completely collapsed, Celtic were apparently going to allow him to form his own team of backroom members as well.
Indeed, the same could be allowed for Ange Postecoglou, the club’s current number one target.
One man who may join the coaching set-up is Shaun Maloney. The Scot has played for Celtic and coached the U20s at Lennoxtown before taking up the privileged role of Roberto Martinez’s number two with Belgium.
The Red Devils are the number one ranked side in international football and go into this summer’s European Championships as one of the favourites.
Maloney will have a key hand in their progression throughout the tournament but his experience within this role would be huge if he returns to Celtic.
The 38-year-old is a fabulous young coach and should offer plenty behind the scenes. Speaking earlier this week, Davie Provan was enthused by the idea of him coming back to Glasgow.
“I would like to see him back at Celtic. I think he’s a really clever boy. Obviously, he was an exceptional talent as a player. And I think the intelligence he showed on the pitch, I think he’s taken off the pitch as well in terms of his coaching career. Anyone I speak to speaks highly of Shaun Maloney. I think he would be a really good acquisition,” he said on Go Radio this week.
The Scot’s arrival would be a welcome one, particularly for a player like David Turnbull.
He was awarded Celtic’s Player of the Season and now has a place in the Scotland squad for the upcoming Euros. Though, based on Maloney’s own position on the pitch when he played, he would be a great source of counsel for Turnbull.
The fact he’s now worked with one of the best midfielders in world football would also prove incredibly beneficial for the young Scot.
Maloney has been able to watch Kevin de Bruyne for the best part of three years now and no doubt will have picked up plenty of tips and tricks from the Belgian magician.
Speaking about the Manchester City star last year, he commented: “I knew these players [De Bruyne and Hazard] were elite but it’s not until you work with them that you fully understand how many attributes they have at an elite level. It’s not just technically, it’s everything. They tick so many boxes but one of the biggest things is how humble they are.”
Turnbull stands proud as the best addition from the last summer transfer window and during an arduous season without a trophy, was a beacon of positivity.
Celtic will need to build their future around the attacking midfielder in the years to come, something that could be helped with the addition of Maloney.
Having seen De Bruyne’s attitude and personality first-hand, it’s something the coach may be able to replicate when he moves elsewhere.
Dominic McKay must do his best to ensure the former Hoop is a part of their plans.