Paolo Di Canio for Celtic manager?

Celtic legend Paolo Di Canio is returning to Parkhead on Sunday and has now been tipped as a wildcard choice for the vacant manager’s role - by himself.

Paolo Di Canio for Celtic manager?

Celtic legend Paolo Di Canio is returning to Parkhead on Sunday and has now been tipped as a wildcard choice for the vacant manager’s role - by himself.

With it seeming more unlikely by the minute that favourites Owen Coyle or Tony Mowbray are going to take Gordon Strachan’s former position, chief executive Peter Lawwell may be tempted towards taking a higher risk option. However, the fiery Italian is surely still a slim bet at this stage of his career.

The forty year old said: "It would be fantastic for me to become Celtic manager. I would come back to Glasgow to lead the club. It would be a dream come true for me.

"I know Celtic are looking for a manager,” he explained. “Maybe it won't be for me now, but you never know what could happen. I have my coaching badges and I'm qualified to be a manager anywhere I wish. There are clubs in Italy who want to offer me positions, but not in Serie A, at a lower level.

"But I want my first coaching job to be at a higher level - and Celtic would be fantastic. It is a club that will always be close to my heart.”

A Hoops fan favourite, Di Canio is at Parkhead on Sunday for the Tommy Burns tribute match, joining the likes of Pierre van Hooijdonk, Roy Keane and John Hartson. He lacks coaching experience, but his affection for the club is not in doubt.

"I left in 1997, but Celtic has stayed with me,” Di Canio said. “If I ever get the chance to be Celtic manager, I know I would do well.

"I was very emotional and passionate as a player - but I know I would have to be calmer as a manager. Who knows? Sometimes dreams can come true."

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