Lubo Moravcik has admitted he would be open to returning to Celtic in some capacity and work for the club to help their recruitment across Europe.
The Slovakian arrived to snide remarks from some and was completely unknown to Celtic fans in 1998. However, the fans and club alike respect and adore him for his four-year tenure at Paradise.
So much so that he could be given the challenge of unearthing the next star to play in the green and white Hoops.
The playmaker was part of the Celtic side that won the domestic treble in 2001, the last time Celtic achieved such a feat.
Ronny Deila has expressed an interest in exploring the Eastern Europe and Scandinavian markets for talented players ready to make the step-up to a club like Celtic.
Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko are two examples of this plan coming to fruition, but there’s still the possibility of finding more talent – and Moravcik has offered to find it.
As quoted by the Daily Express , he said:
I have spoken to Peter Lawwell about maybe helping the club in the future. He knows I am always ready for Celtic.
I have known him a long time and I can help get players.
I work for a bigger agency in Slovakia now. There is more money to invest. But it is hard to find the very best players.
With the money that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have, how can you compete and get these players at 16?
Even in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the best teenagers are already with the biggest clubs.
But Celtic do have a chance of getting players between 18 and 21.
They are not the biggest talents but there are good players who are ready for a step to Europe.
They are not ready for the biggest clubs. They are not like Martin Odegaard going to Real Madrid. But they can do well at Celtic.
Moravcik also offered an insight into one player they have been keeping a close eye on for some time – Matus Bero.
The 20-year-old central or defensive midfielder has made 20 appearances this season for AS Trencin, scoring 12 goals and adding three assists.
Hailing from Moravcik’s home nation of Slovakia, the former Celtic player knows all about this highly touted youngster.
The wages are affordable. The transfer fees are not high and it is possible to get these players.
Celtic can give them European football, they can give them big games in front of a lot of fans.
Matus is interesting clubs and Celtic are watching him.
But maybe he will go to the Czech Republic because he has that choice and the language will be easier for him.
With the increasing gap between the top European teams budgets and Celtic’s, Moravcik could hold the key to finding some of the best young talent, and if they are anything like the “Gift from God”, fans would welcome them with open arms.