Fergal Harkin reportedly unlikely to become the new Director of Football at Celtic

By David Walton

June 1, 2021

Fergal Harkin is unlikely to become the new Director of Football at Celtic, according to the Daily Record.

The report claims that Man City Football Partnerships and Pathways Manager Harkin remains in contention for the role. However, he isn’t the favourite to get it despite it seeming as though he was the main man last week.

Sky Sports reported over the weekend that Ange Postecoglou, the seemingly imminent Celtic manager, was recommended to the club by Harkin. That immediately looked as though it was set up for him to become the new Director of Football.

The Record also stated last week that Dominic McKay was closing in on his new DoF too. However, the club believe the managerial appointment to be of greater importance just now.

Unfortunately, however, it would appear that it’s unlikely it will be Irishman Harkin who bags the role.

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When it comes to their Director of Football, you can totally understand why Celtic feel the need to take their time. We’re talking about the central figure at the football club who’s going to be the main man to build a new culture. To totally transform the club and take it in a new direction. Celtic have every right to take their time.

However, it also comes across as a touch odd that we’re appointing the manager first. Surely, the natural way of things should be that the incoming DoF also has a say on the new boss. After all, he should be helping to pick the man he feels is best for the culture he wants to create.

For some reason, we’re taking a different path this summer. It’ll be the manager who’s appointed first and foremost and the DoF second. Reasons for that haven’t been made clear by the club.

Fergal Harkin is reportedly unlikely to come to Celtic (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Your mind also wonders who the other candidates for the role could be. The likes of Juventus’ Matteo Tognozzi and former Tottenham man David Webb have been linked with the role in the past [Glasgow Times].

It doesn’t feel as though Celtic are close enough at this stage to making what’s an incredibly important decision for the football club. That’s despite the fact we’re two-and-a-half weeks since finishing our dismal 2020/21 campaign.

Hopefully we hear something on this ASAP. It’s far too big a role to leave until the last minute.

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