Celtic will not delay Gordon Strachan start amid SFA investigation

By Hamish Carton

August 12, 2021

Celtic will not delay the start of Gordon Strachan’s consultancy stint at the club, according to BBC Sport.

Celtic confirmed the return of former manager Strachan on Tuesday, “on a 3-month consultancy project.”

The club say Strachan will “spend his time looking at activities within our Football Academy, our Women’s Team and newly established B Team, with a view to providing recommendations to Chief Executive Dom McKay on how we can develop these areas further.”

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However, Strachan will continue to be Dundee’s technical director while working as a consultant for Celtic.

This has led the SFA’s Professional Game Board to look into the situation at a meeting later this month, with Strachan potentially being asked to quit one of the jobs. (The Guardian)

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Celtic’s stance shows a confidence in Strachan move

But Celtic have no intention of delaying Strachan’s start date.

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The BBC report gives little else away, but Celtic’s stance seems to suggest there is confidence that no rules have been broken.

After his appointment, Strachan said: “I am really looking forward to returning to the Club to assist in these areas.  The development of young players and seeing them improve and grow is a real passion for me and I will do anything I can to support the Club in these areas.

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“Great people at Celtic always do great work.  I look forward to building on this work, liaising with Dom and all our Celtic colleagues once again and hope we can work together for the benefit of the Club and these teams so they ultimately can develop further and bring Celtic success. 

“I also look forward to continuing my work at Dundee FC where I have established a great working relationship and close bond with the Manager, Managing Director, staff and coaches.”

So Strachan and Celtic seem pretty confident, as do Dundee.

Nevertheless, this is one to keep your eye on.

In other news, Celtic fans think they’ve got to the bottom of Charlie Adam’s ludicrous Odsonne Edouard valuation