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EX-CELT’S TOP-FLIGHT RETURN

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FORMER Celtic central defender Malky Mackay WILL be confirmed as Ross County’s new manager today.

Ironically, the former Scotland FA performance director, who left his Hampden role after four years in November, takes over from another Hoops centre-back John Hughes who quit earlier this week.

The ex-Hibs, Falkirk and Inverness Caley Thistle boss left his managerial position after securing the Highlanders’ Premiership status on the final day of the season.

Former Cardiff City and Watford gaffer Mackay has been out of club football since leaving Wigan in 2015, but is now ready to step back into the top flight, according to a report in Sky Sports News. He is set to link up with County coach Don Cowie, a player he signed for Watford and Wigan.

County secured a 10th-placed finish under Hughes, who replaced Stuart Kettlewell in December with the side bottom of the division.

John Kennedy, who had 10 games in interim charge at Celtic following Neil Lennon’s departure in February, also got a mention in some reports.

However, they are off the mark and the 37-year-old former club and country defender is expected to be offered a role in the new Parkhead regime when Eddie Howe is eventually named as the club’s new manager.

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