Former Hamilton Academical manager Alex Neil says he would be open to a return to the SPFL – but only Celtic or Rangers would make him consider it now.

Neil has been working in the EFL since moving to Norwich City after 10 years in South Lanarkshire as a player and manager, guiding Hamilton back to the Premiership in 2014. But he is out of work following his exit from Preston, who have replaced him with Neil’s assistant, Frankie McAvoy. Neil was linked with becoming Celtic manager in 2019.

The former Hamilton Accies manager would consider the Celtic job.

Former Hamilton Accies manager Alex Neil would consider the Celtic job. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

And while he would consider coming back to Scotland, Neil says only Celtic or Rangers would make him consider that in the short-term (Hodge on Nodge): “I don’t know, I think if Rangers or Celtic come knocking it’s something you would certainly have to sit, talk about and consider. There’s no doubts about that, with the magnitude of the clubs.

“Would it be a possibility? I’m probably the wrong person to ask that question, you’d have to ask them that. I don’t know, I could see myself managing again in Scotland again at some point; when that will be I’m not quite sure.

“The difficulty you’ve got when you’re not working is that you don’t know what your next step is going to be, what’s going to come my way or if there is going to be jobs available in the summer. At this point, I think I just need to bide my time and see what comes up.”

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