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Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee not interested in Celtic job


McGhee has had his own troubles at Pittodrie

Mark McGhee says the Celtic job is not on his radar and he is committed to remaining manager of Aberdeen.

McGhee was one of options considered by Celtic before the Glasgow club chose Tony Mowbray, who was sacked on Thursday, during the summer.

"My chance was last year and they gave it to Tony," said McGhee. "I'm here now and I'm committed to being here.

"I'm not quite sure where Celtic are going to go in terms of management, but that's their problem."

When he took over at Pittodrie, McGhee was frank enough to admit that Celtic had been his preferred option.

He was immediately linked with the role following Mowbray's departure despite having his own problems, with Aberdeen unlikely to record a top-six finish in the Scottish Premier League.

I've had no money to spend. In fact, since I've been here, it's been cut back because of the loss of Lee Miller

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee

But the former Celtic striker believes that the job with the side sitting second in the table will be harder to fill because Scotland is set to lose its automatic Champions League spot because of the poor performances of its teams in Europe.

"It's a job that, even in the year or so that I was considered for the job, has changed," said McGhee.

"With the change in the qualification for the Champions League next year, Celtic - like most other jobs in Scotland - has become a domestic job, with the outside chance of Champions League football.

"When I was considering the job last year, the big attraction was the Champions League and that's probably not going to be there now - the actual Champions League stage - for some time."

Responding to suggestions that Gerard Houllier should be approached by Celtic, McGhee said: "I can't imagine in a million years that, with no Champions League football and simply with a domestic programme in Scotland to look forward to, Gerard Houllier would be the least bit interested in the Celtic job."

Failure to beat St Mirren on Saturday would move Aberdeen to within one match of equalling a club record 13 games without a win.


However, McGhee did not see a parallel between his own troubles at Pittodrie and Mowbray's at Celtic Park.

"Anyone in the game knows the realities of what's happened since I've been in the football club and have taken that into account," said McGhee, citing the financial constraints he has operated under.

"Tony Mowbray's gone in there, he's had a lot of money to spend, he's had a lot of opportunity to make the changes that he wanted to make.

"I've had no money to spend. In fact, since I've been here, it's been cut back because of the loss of Lee Miller.

"Where we've arrived is similar in the sense that there's a bit of dissatisfaction and results have been poorer than people might have expected.

"But the way we've arrived here has been by totally different means."

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see also
Aberdeen 2-1 St Mirren
27 Mar 10 |  Scottish Premier
Lennon wants to succeed Mowbray
26 Mar 10 |  Celtic
Jones linked with Celtic vacancy
26 Mar 10 |  Celtic
Celtic sack manager Tony Mowbray
25 Mar 10 |  Celtic
Sack would be unfair, says McGhee
18 Mar 10 |  Aberdeen

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