Alan Hutton has suggested Celtic are on the verge of appointing a new manager with Fergal Harkin close to joining as director of football.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, tipped the 44-year-old’s expected arrival to be followed by the appointment of Neil Lennon’s successor.

As revealed by Football Insider, Harkin’s move to Parkhead is “90 per cent” complete after successful negotiations last week.

It is understood a host of recruitment experts and analysts could follow the Manchester City transfer guru to Glasgow.

However, the Bhoys are also looking for a new manager following Lennon’s resignation last month.

John Kennedy has taken temporary charge, with one win and two draws under his belt so far.

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However, Hutton has suggested the arrival of a new director of football could see a swift managerial appointment.

Asked if he thought Harkin’s impending arrival meant a new manager was close to being appointed, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “You would think so.

“You’d think if he was to come in at the sporting director level, he’ll have a say in the next manager. That is normally how it works because they have to have a close relationship. They need to be pulling in the same direction.

“He’s going to be the guy who’s out there looking at the targets and the transfers sales. They need to get that thing moving soon.

“If we keep going on into the summer before you know it the new season starts and they’re behind already.

“It’s going to need a lot of changes on and off the pitch at Celtic. They’re going to need to get cracking and need to do it soon.”

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