Gordon Strachan to Celtic report gets a mixed reception online; some are furious

By John McGinley

June 20, 2021

It’s fair to say reports linking Gordon Strachan with a return to Celtic aren’t universally popular.

The Scottish Sun reported last night that Strachan is being lined up for a ‘senior role’ at the club. It’s said this could be similar to his technical director gig at Dundee, or something more akin to Nick Hammond’s recruitment and transfer position.

The much-mooted Celtic rebuild is in part dependent on a new structure of the football department. As of yet, the club haven’t communicated if we’ll even have a sporting director next season, never mind who it will be.

Time is of the essence.

After reports of Celtic consulting a recruitment agency to find a new sporting director earlier this year, links to Strachan are pretty underwhelming. We haven’t really had to look far for him, have we? Is an old hand from Dundee really what is being lined up to modernise the club?

Strachan, of course, enjoyed success at the club as a manager. He won three titles in a row against an expensively assembled and competitive Rangers side.

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He also managed some massive wins in Europe, including against Manchester United and AC Milan teams that were far better than they are now. Reaching the last 16 of the Champions League twice was no mean feat.

Fan reaction to Gordon Strachan Celtic reports

Sorry to sit on the fence, but I can see both sides of the argument here.

I fully understand why some would be underwhelmed by a Strachan appointment. Yes, it’s jobs for the boys. Yes, two of his sons already work at Lennoxtown and have been part of a failed season. He’s hardly the most modern and forward-thinking of appointments. I’m hardly enthused.

At the same time, his record at Celtic, his knowledge of and passion for the club, as well his experience can’t really be denied. You can understand why some would be happy with it.

It’s also not entirely clear what his role at Celtic would be. It could well be more of an advisory role in conjunction with a director of football, rather than him being the man to lead the rebuild. All this fuss may be for nothing.

And so we reflect this positivity and negativity here.

If you look online I’d say the majority of opinion on Strachan is of the more pessimistic sort, but in the interest of fairness, we can’t deny some supporters are talking up the appointment.

Here’s what some fans have had to say…


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