"Responsible for Denayer, Guidetti, Roberts, Boyata"; John Collins shares info on Celtic candidate Fergal Harkin

By John McGinley

April 12, 2021

Former Celtic assistant manager John Collins knows Fergal Harkin and has shared why he is and isn’t a big contender for the director of football role at the club.

Collins was a prominent part of the coaching staff during the Ronny Deila reign and will be well aware of how the signing process works at Celtic.

The former midfielder has even put his name forward for the director of football role live on radio previously.

He was quizzed on BBC Sportsound tonight about the issue.

Kenny Macintyre asked him specifically about the Harkin speculation and whether he is a realistic appointment.

Collins said: “He’s never been a director of football before. He looks after the loan players, he places them at clubs, which is an important role.

“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.”

That’s a handy group of players I’m sure you’ll agree. All four of them became popular with supporters during their time at the club.

If he has been responsible for developing and finding clubs for players such as that over the years, then it doesn’t sound like such a bad thing for him to be in charge of Celtic’s football pathway.

Former Celtic winger Patrick Roberts / (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images )

Harkin has long been linked with the vacant post at Celtic. The Scottish Sun reported back in February he was the name being mentioned inside Celtic Park.

It’s said that the Eddie Howe situation has complicated matters, but given his previous history with Celtic, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Man City employee arrive in Glasgow.

In other news, Stan Collymore reveals why his Celtic move fell through in Martin O’Neill era.