Report: Celtic DoF candidate Fergal Harkin rejects Belgian job offer
According to a report, Celtic Director of Football candidate Fergal Harkin has turned down a move to Belgium.
The Daily Record reports that Harkin, who has been heavily linked with Celtic, rejected a move to Lommel SK. The minnows are owned by the same group as Manchester City. The City Group confirmed the purchase in May 2020 [Manchester Evening News], adding to a portfolio including Girona, NYCFC and Melbourne City, amongst others.
It appears to have been a last-gasp intervention to keep Harkin in the City Group. While the chance to work hands-on with a growing Belgian outfit might’ve appealed, it’s not swayed the Irishman quite enough. This would suggest, then, that Harkin could be on his way to Celtic.
“He’s done a good job for Celtic – he was responsible for Jason Denayer, John Guidetti, Patrick Roberts, Dedryck Boyata. So, they were all successful at Celtic. He’s done a good job for Celtic in the past.
“I know he’s got a good relationship with Peter [Lawwell] and the board, so he is a possibility, but he hasn’t been a director of football before.”
Do Celtic have their ducks in a row at last?
This will be welcome news to a lot of Celtic supporters. Of course, actually having the long-mooted people in place by now would’ve been even better.
Hiring Harkin, though, is an important part of the puzzle. A coherent footballing identity, micro-management across the footballing departments, and a recruitment strategy are absolutely key. In many respects, Harkin, or a Director of Football more generally, would bring us in step with the modern game.
What’s clear is that Harkin, if hired, won’t have any time to waste. Celtic face a gruelling Champions League qualifying schedule, as well as a need to wrestle the title back from our rivals. Recruitment and ideology are a huge part of that, and so far, we’re hearing little from the club.
Will this be the day? We can only hope so.