By Alan Hutton

10th Mar, 2021 | 1:02pm

Celtic face major hurdle in manager hunt after Sky Sports reveal - Pundit

Plans to appoint a sporting director could delay the arrival of a new manager at Celtic, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Hoops were facing their “biggest decision” with not one but two significant hires expected.

As reported by Sky Sports last month, Celtic are keen to appoint a sporting director as part of a behind-the-scenes reshuffle.

As revealed by Football Insider, head of football operations Nicky Hammond’s is under serious threat of losing his job, as is recruitment chief Gary Penrice.

The Hoops are also looking to appoint a new manager following Neil Lennon’s resignation a fortnight ago.

However, Hutton suggested the hunt for a sporting director could act as a hurdle to getting a new man in the dugout.

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“I’ve been reading a lot about them bringing in a sporting director,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“I think if that’s the route they’re going down, they have to pick that first. Ultimately, he has to get on with the manager to be moving in the right direction.

“This is the biggest decision they’ve had to make in years, in my opinion. They have to get this one right. If they don’t, Rangers could be running away with it for a long time.”

Celtic’s poor recruitment has come under heavy fire from all corners at Parkhead this season

Shane Duffy, Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti have all been branded as flops, although David Turnbull has been a standout.

In other news, a top pundit claims John Kennedy doesn’t stand a chance of being named permanent Celtic manager.