Scott Brown has welcomed the prospect of an emotional return to Celtic for old pal Shaun Maloney.
The Parkhead club are seeking a replacement for Jim McGuinness after the Irishman quit coaching the Under-20s to move to China.
And, as Sportsmail first revealed, the former Scotland attacker is in talks over filling the vacant role at Lennoxtown.
Shaun Maloney is being lined up for a surprise return to Celtic as a coach for their under-20s
Maloney has also held a series of conversations with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes over moving to Pittodrie as a player.
Concerned by the lingering effects of an injury, however, the 34-year-old will reluctantly hang up his boots for an opportunity to begin his coaching career at the club where he won four league titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups.
'The wee man would be brilliant,' said Celtic skipper Brown. 'I had some great playing times with Shaun, he was here when I first came and was here underneath Lenny (Neil Lennon).
Maloney, also in talks with Aberdeen over a playing return, is understood to be interested
'He would be brilliant, would bring a lot of class. He works well and is willing to learn. He's a great guy.
'He was in today, seeing the facilities and the gaffer's coaching, I am sure Shaun hasn't forgotten too much about Lennoxtown, though.'
Celtic fly out to Norway this afternoon ahead of their Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg clash with Rosenborg on Wednesday night.
Maloney is a free agent after turning down the offer of a one-year extension with Hull City
Last week's 0-0 draw in Glasgow has placed the prospect of Scotland's champions competing for a second successive year in the group stage in doubt.
Insisting panicked European away nights are now a thing of the past under Brendan Rodgers, however, Brown believes Celtic have the composure to secure a berth in the final qualifying play-off round.
Striker Leigh Griffiths — missing from the first leg in Glasgow — is expected to board Tuesday afternoon's flight, with Brown saying: 'For