CELTIC legend Stan Petrov is poised to answer an SOS from Championship-bound Aston Villa.
The former Bulgarian international midfielder is about to be offered a place on their first-team coaching staff.
Petrov, 36, was forced into retirement in 2013 after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.
He returned to the club as an academy coach and, a year ago, was appointed onto the first-team coaching set up by Tim Sherwood. Now Villa want him to return to his former post.
Martin O’Neill took Petrov to the Midlands outfit in 2006 when he paid £6.5million for him.
Meanwhile, another former Celt, Gary Caldwell, is in the running for February’s League One Manager of the Month award after guiding Wigan to second place.
The ex-Hoops and Scotland skipper is up against Paul Heckingbottom (Barnsley), John Sheridan (Oldham) and Luke Williams (Swindon).
Caldwell, who took over from the sacked Uwe Rosler in April last year when it was too late to save Wigan from relegation, has turned things around in his first full season as a team boss.
The club enjoyed a fine February under the ex-central defender who won 55 caps for his country and have now reached the automatic promotion places.
They have claimed 10 points from a possible 12 in the month, scoring seven goals and conceding just one.