Neil Lennon’s promise of swiftly recruiting a new Celtic first-team coach will be delivered on as early as tomorrow, The Glasgow Times reports.
Former Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff left the club at the end of last season to coach in his homeland because of family reasons, leaving a large hole in the backroom setup at Lennoxtown.
Duff had formed a tight-knit three-man unit alongside Lennon and assistant manager John Kennedy, helping bring lots of success to Celtic Park over the last 18 months.
Having another influential and experienced coach is vital for our pre-season preparations and our hopes for a tenth title in a row.
Lennon had hinted an appointment was imminent last week, telling The Herald: “We’re hoping to have someone in place next week. We’ve identified three of four options.”
Now those three or four options look to have been whittled down to one – Peterborough United assistant manager Gavin Strachan.
Son of former Celtic boss Gordon, Strachan could even be announced as Duff’s successor on Monday.
That’s according to Posh Director of Football Barry Fry, who told The Glasgow Times: “I have agreed a deal with Celtic’s lawyer and Gavin Strachan has also agreed a deal with the club.
“We don’t want to lose him, but we cannot stand in the way of such a big job. The deal should be completed on Monday.”
With a compensation agreement apparently in place, little is standing in the way of the 41-year-old taking up his new job in Glasgow, barring any last-minute hitches.
Strachan and a long, but unremarkable, career as a player down in England.
However, he has been a coach since 2011 and has been an assistant to Darren Ferguson at Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough since 2015.
His family ties to the Hoops are also obvious.
Clearly Lennon sees something in the coach he likes so we can only trust this is the right move and hope it helps maintain our dominant streak in Scottish football.