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Moyes rules out return to Celtic

Everton manager David Moyes
Moyes believes he is at the right club to match his ambitions

Everton manager David Moyes has hinted that Celtic had sounded him out about a return to Glasgow but insists he is determined to stay at Goodison Park.

"There may well have been an inquiry from Celtic but that doesn't interest me," said Moyes, who began his playing career at Parkhead.

"I am not tempted to take any steps. I am the Everton manager and I am a really loyal person.

"I am also really ambitious. But this club can match my ambitions."

The 46-year-old, who spent three seasons at Celtic Park before moving on in 1983, has been in charge at Everton since 2002.

And finishing fifth in the Premier League and as runners-up to Chelsea in the FA Cup appears to have spurred Moyes on to achieve more with the Toffees.

"There are not many bigger clubs in England," he added. "Just because they have owners with a lot of money does that mean they are bigger?

"Money might give me more scope but I am at a great football club."


Gordon Strachan, who left Celtic Park last week after four years at the helm, is believed to have recommended Motherwell's Mark McGhee has his successor.

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic has expressed his interest in the vacancy, while West Brom's Tony Mowbray and Burnley's Owen Coyle are also thought to be on Celtic's radar.

Speaking at the end of last week, chairman John Reid insisted Celtic had not made an official approach for any manager.

Celtic coach Neil Lennon has confirmed he will be staying on and revealed that chief executive Peter Lawwell had sought his advice about the appointment.

"The next manager needs to have a strong personality and a wee bit of charisma," said the former Northern Ireland international.

"And any manager of the Old Firm needs a hide as thick as a rhino."

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Lennon to remain at Celtic Park
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Robson baffled by Strachan's exit
29 May 09 |  Celtic
Reid dampens Celtic speculation
28 May 09 |  Celtic
Bilic interested in Celtic post
27 May 09 |  Celtic
Celtic face 1m Mowbray price tag
26 May 09 |  West Brom
Strachan eyes McGhee as successor
26 May 09 |  Celtic
Strachan resigns as Celtic boss
25 May 09 |  Celtic

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