SFA clear Gordon Strachan to work for both Celtic and Dundee

By Euan Davidson

September 10, 2021

The SFA have allowed former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan to work a consultancy role at Parkhead for 3 months, and keep his Dundee job.

The governing body have ruled that there is no conflict of interest for the ex-Scotland boss [Sun]. Currently, he holds a job as Technical Director at Dundee. However, he was also signed up by Celtic to help revamp the Academy, and oversee coaching through the various age groups.

Strachan would only be working with Celtic on a temporary basis. However, given both clubs’ Scottish Premiership status, it was easy to see why critics pointed out a potential conflict.

Strachan spoke about his job at Celtic last month. He told supporters [Celtic FC]:

“I am really looking forward to returning to the Club to assist in these areas.  The development of young players and seeing them improve and grow is a real passion for me and I will do anything I can to support the Club in these areas.

“Great people at Celtic always do great work.  I look forward to building on this work, liaising with Dom [McKay] and all our Celtic colleagues once again and hope we can work together for the benefit of the Club and these teams so they ultimately can develop further and bring Celtic success.”

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Celtic and Gordon Strachan can now move on without drama

Whether you’re for or against Strachan’s involvement at Celtic, at least any potential drama has been set aside.

It was quite reasonable to worry whether the SFA would get involved here. However it’s clear that, with Celtic at least, Strachan will have no input on first-team matters.

That’s the important crux of this. Strachan’s being brought in to advise on improvements at Academy level, as well as the B Team and the Women’s Team.

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An experienced manager, Strachan has worked with various systems and policies in place across his career. He’ll know what works in terms of developing talent, and what doesn’t. Theoretically, at least.

Strachan will be joining his son Gavin, who works in the coaching staff for the first-team. His other son, Craig, is a member of the scouting team, too.

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