What Gordon Strachan told Dundee staff after taking Celtic gig

By David Walton

September 9, 2021

Dundee academy chief Stephen Wright has revealed what Gordon Strachan told him after taking up his role at Celtic.

Strachan was appointed by the Hoops in a three-month consultancy role earlier this summer. Celtic said his role would be to help recommend improvements in our academy, B team, and women’s team structures. Effectively, Strachan wouldn’t be involved in first-team matters.

However, there was a bit of controversy at the time given Strachan is a technical director with Dundee. After the Dens Park club’s promotion from the Championship last term, it appeared odd for some that he would be taking up a role with a league rival.

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But Dundee academy chief Wright certainly didn’t seem bothered by it. And, speaking to the Dundee Courier, he’s explained what Strachan told him after taking the Parkhead job.

“Gordon is still very much involved. He spoke to me when the Celtic thing came up and assured me he’d still be doing everything he does for us to help the coaches and the players.

“He’s been around, helping the coaches and it’s great for us. We learn so much from just an hour with Gordon Strachan on the training pitch. We’re very lucky to have him around.

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“We’re happy where we are just now but we are doing everything we can to make things better. We keep working hard to try to get players into the first team, that’s always the first priority.”

Gordon Strachan Celtic role shouldn’t annoy anyone if Dundee are happy

Strachan’s dual role is certainly unusual. It’s not something we’re used to seeing in Scottish football. But Celtic are trying to revolutionise the football club as a whole – not just in the first-team area.

Celtic fans have been happy to accept outside-the-box thinking with Ange Postecoglou. Now, the club is doing the same with Strachan.

Whilst there is clear ground for question marks over why Strachan was identified, the fact it doesn’t affect the first-team takes away many of the fears fans may have had.

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So there’s no point making more of a meal out of this than is necessary. The Dundee staff are clearly satisfied with the arrangement. Why, then, shouldn’t the rest of us be?

It will be interesting to see what the results of Strachan’s consultancy role are. It’s also worth remembering that there is no obligation for the Celtic board to carry out his recommendations either.

Therefore, there’s no harm being done to either club here. And considering he’s continuing his hands-on role at Dens, is there really anything further to discuss here?

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