Postecoglou delay: Celtic must move forward with Director of Football

By David Walton

June 3, 2021

As Celtic continue to wait to be allowed to appoint their new manager, it may help them to push through their move for a new Director of Football.

Last week when Eddie Howe-mania was rip-roaring through us, it had been reported that the managerial appointment was our top priority. The Daily Record claimed that new CEO Dominic McKay was closing in on a DoF appointment. However, it had been said that getting the manager announced first was goal number one.

We know what happened there. Howe, who was supposed to be announced last week, broke down talks with the club, and focus turned to Ange Postecoglou. The latest on him being that Celtic have appealed to UEFA over his validity to take over at the club. This is necessary due to the fact he doesn’t have his UEFA Pro Licence. UEFA claim this could take “several weeks” to sort [The Herald].

The prospect of another three weeks or so without any further updates just isn’t on. It’s unthinkable for a football club that needs a massive rebuild this summer. We can’t afford to wait until late June for the overhaul to properly begin.

More concerning is this idea that Celtic are holding off on their DoF appointment for now. Given the latest on Postecoglou, we’re as well making that announcement as soon as possible.

It always griped me that Celtic wanted to appoint the manager first in any case. That never made any sense to begin with. Your DoF is supposed to effectively be a more important figurehead for the football club. A staple of stability regardless of how many head coaches come and go. He should be in first regardless and should be having a say in the managerial appointment.

Celtic need a Director of Football just as much as they do a new manager

So now is the time for Celtic to press ahead and bring their man in. Appointing a new DoF doesn’t downplay the urgency of a managerial appointment. However, it finally outlines a direction for the club. It’ll allow us to begin forming a long-term strategy and culture for years to come at Celtic. Just as importantly, it allows us to streamline our recruitment so long as he’s in constant communication with the new manager.

If Celtic are certain Postecoglou will be appointed, there’s nothing to stop him having chats with a new DoF about their plans for the season. Similar to when Dom McKay was involved in managerial talks despite still working for Scottish Rugby. Again, no signings could be made, but the right players could be identified.

It’ll give the club some momentum and finally provide fans with an idea of what lies ahead. A symbol that Celtic are still pushing forward with their plans and not just sitting waiting on this UEFA appeal to come through. If a new DoF is available and waiting to be appointed, there’s no point in waiting until Postecoglou is over the line.

New Celtic CEO Dominic McKay was said to be close to appointing the new Director of Football / (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Starting pre-season with no direction is counter-productive

Should the worst happen and the new manager have to wait until after the start of pre-season training to be appointed, it would be ideal having the DoF in place. He could play a key role in providing stability and certainty for the players in that short timeframe before the new man is appointed.

As of right now, we’re all just sitting in the dark. The prospect of having no manager or DoF in the door for pre-season is a genuinely depressing feeling. McKay was said to be close to his new appointment, whoever it is. Well, with the Postecoglou saga dragging on a bit longer, there’s no point doing the same with his DoF colleague.

It’s time to get it announced so he can start laying out his plans for this football club.

In other news, these EPL fans aren’t keen on the idea of Celtic signing their talented goalkeeper.