Shaun Maloney, a former Celtic midfielder, brushed off suggestions that he could take over as the club’s next boss.

John Kennedy is in temporary charge after Neil Lennon moved away on Wednesday, but he does not seem interested in taking the role full-time.

That has fuelled talk about Maloney’s Parkhead connections and whether he could join the club next season – either as a manager in his own right or as Roberto Martinez’s assistant, which is his current position with the Belgian national team.

The Spaniard is one of the betting favourites to take over as Lennon’s permanent successor.

Maloney is well-liked among coaches, but he refused to answer the question explicitly, saying that he had to “show loyalty” to his country.

While it wasn’t a definitional no, Maloney maintains that his former club must make a decision quickly.

When asked about his views on taking the job on BBC Sportscene, he said:

“It’s an impossible question for me to answer.

“I have to show respect to the federation who have shown massive faith in me.

“From a sporting point of view, I hope Celtic, whoever decision they make, make it quickly because these decisions have to be made.

“They can definitely fight for the title again next year and the big thing they have to do is get that connection with the support again because if that’s not here, then they’re not going to be able to fight.”