Fergal Harkin is the name being mentioned inside Celtic Park for a director of football role at the club, The Scottish Sun reports this weekend.
Journalist Alan Nixon reckons the Bhoys are eyeing up the Manchester City man. Celtic are considering a restructuring at the club this summer.
We already know Dominic McKay will be installed as CEO after the retirement of Peter Lawwell, but there will be a lack of football expertise at a senior level.
Harkin could be the man to fill that gap.
He’s head of football partnerships at City. Harkin is tasked with finding loans for the club’s best young players as well as building knowledge of global football markets and the talent emerging within.
Celtic have had a good relationship with Man City over the last few years. We’ve signed players such as Jason Denayer, Patrick Roberts, Olivier Ntcham and Jeremie Frimpong – all of whom have proven popular with supporters at various points.
Fergal Harkin to Celtic makes sense
Harkin is a key part of Pep Guardiola’s transfer team. Ostensibly this would be a great appointment by the Bhoys.
He has elite experience, has forged excellent links with various clubs around the world and will have an inherent knowledge of the best young players about.
Celtic badly need a rethink on various footballing aspects from this summer onwards.
Our youth pathway to the first-team is currently shambolic. Recruitment and scouting also need to improve if we’re to compete for the Scottish Premiership again.
Could Harkin be the man to bring progressive change to Celtic Park? He’s the name to keep an eye on over the coming months, it seems.