The Dom McKay comments that prove Gordon Strachan to Celtic was never a goer

By David Walton

June 21, 2021

Pending Celtic CEO Dom McKay made something clear in his first in-house interview that suggested Gordon Strachan to Parkhead was never likely.

Yesterday, reports surfaced that the Hoops were in talks with Strachan about a technical director role [Scottish Sun]. This was then quickly shot down by the Scotsman, who claimed a club source had informed them this wasn’t the case.

However, there was no real need for the panic in truth. Whilst the Daily Mail has again reported that Celtic ARE in talks with Strachan, it doesn’t make sense whatsoever. Not when you take into account McKay’s apparent vision for the football club.

When the club announced Ange Postecoglou as its new boss a couple of weeks ago, McKay made his first public appearance. He gave his first-ever interview to Celtic TV, and said the following:

“I’ve been really impressed by his enthusiasm for Celtic, his keenness to work with me to help modernise and develop both the footballing structures, but also the non-footballing structures to make sure we are the successful club that we need to be for the generation ahead.

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“We have a shared vision, and that was really important to me. To make sure that we could have a new manager who bought into the modernising, the evolution, and the development of the club both on and off the field.”

The “modernising” of Celtic important to Dom McKay; Gordon Strachan as regressive a move as we could get

In recent years, Strachan has hardly linked himself strongly to the modernisation of football. Therefore, there’s nothing like looking to the future by moving 12 years into the past.

Strachan has shown himself to be stuck with some old-fashioned views on football in recent years. During his days as Scotland boss, he tried to blame genetics for our failure to qualify for major tournaments [Daily Record].

Not to mention his style of football goes totally against what Postecoglou is supposed to be all about. Strachan has always favoured a direct game, with his time at Celtic being filled with direct, route one football far too often. He wasn’t about high pressing or high energy. His footballing philosophy couldn’t be more different to what Celtic are trying to implement.

Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This piece isn’t to have a go at Strachan. It’s very easy to forget what he did at the football club during his four years in charge. Back-to-back qualification for the last-16 of the UCL and three consecutive league titles? He’s done his bit for the football club and deserves to be remembered well for it.

However, his methods and ways of thinking can’t be transferred into a technical director’s role at Celtic. Not if we’re looking to modernise the football club.

It would’ve been a bad look for Celtic had they gone through with this. Thankfully, it looks as though that won’t be the case.

In other news, Celtic are reportedly unlikely to make a move for a six-figure bargain signing.