Celtic seem to have slipped into panic mode when the former Bournemouth boss called off negotiations to take the job with Ange Posecoglou widely reported as the new target.
The Daily Record reports:
It’s understood Maloney has been lined up for a key strategic role as part of the club’s restructuring but the 38-year-old is holding off for as long as his close friend Fergal Harkin remains in contention for the position of director of football.
But we understand, while the Irishman is unlikely to land that job, Maloney has been earmarked to play a major role in Celtic’s big shake up.
Should Peter Lawwell leave with immediate effect?
Yes, utterly toxic, the rebuild starts when he leaves
No, we need his experience for the handover
Lawwell will have stepped away from his role as CEO when Belgium’s interest in the European Championships comes to an end unless they crash out at the group stage.
Celtic require a massive rebuilding job to begin as soon as possible, with Champions League qualifiers on June 20/21 and 27/28 every day is vital as they chase the £30m income boost that Lawwell has failed to deliver since 2017.
In 2020 Lawwell gave his only newspaper interview to Jackson, expressing his desire to host a July test event ahead of the SPFL season getting underway.