Report: Gordon Strachan lined up for senior role at Celtic
Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is being lined up for a senior role at Celtic, The Scottish Sun reports tonight.
The paper say that Strachan could head up the club’s recruitment and transfers team after Fergal Harkin chose to remain at Manchester City, or have a similar role to his technical director gig at Dundee.
Journalist Alan Nixon reckons that the title-winning manager, who was in charge at Celtic Park between 2005 and 2009, is expected to be offered something.
Two other Strachans, sons of Gordon, currently work at Lennoxtown. Gavin is a first-team coach while Craig is the senior European and UK scout.
This is unlikely to go down well with the section of supporters who believe the club needs a serious overhaul of the footballing department.
Appointing someone like Strachan, regardless of his previous success at Celtic, smacks of a ‘job for the boys’ mentality. There will at the very least be that perception, whether there is truth to it or not.
Celtic should be out there trying to court some of the best sporting directors around, not falling into the same old ideas as the past.
Strachan has offered strong defences of the club’s strategy in recent months, so this actually doesn’t come as much of a surprise. He clearly identifies as a strong ally and supporter not just of Celtic, but those who run it.
The club will have to clearly explain why this is happening and what our strategy is going forward if this happens. Fans are unlikely to accept this appointment with further mystery.
Strachan did impressively win titles and secure results in European football with Celtic, but that was well over a decade ago.
Clearly, we’ll have much more reaction, opinion and thoughts on this over the coming days, especially if the link firms up.