By Alan Hutton

29th Jul, 2021 | 11:23am

Celtic may pull new senior hire U-turn after Postecoglou confession - Scottish pundit

Alan Hutton has suggested Ange Postecoglou’s appointment could see Celtic change approach in the hunt for a director of football.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 55-year-old’s “hands-on” approach might cause problems with a new senior appointment.

Speaking to Sky Sports (July 23rd), Postecoglou confessed he wants to be “in charge of everything”, including the Hoops’ recruitment.

The Australian boss insisted he would want to give input on anything he is going to take responsibility for.

As revealed by Football Insider in March, Celtic were in pursuit of a new director of football heading into the summer.

The Bhoys saw head of football operations Nicky Hammond leave his post earlier this year.

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However, Hutton has suggested Postecoglou’s desire to be in control could change the Bhoys’ plans to hire a new senior figure.

“The dynamic definitely has to be right,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

” I mean, you can’t have a director of football pushing one way and the manager going the other. It will never work, never ever work. I suppose it shows what type of manager he is.

“He’s very hands-on. He seems very hands-on in training and within games. He knows what type of player he’ll want to fit his system and how he wants them to play.

“He’ll have a good idea of the markets all over the world of who he wants to bring in so I think that is a good thing. But flip that coin and you’re a director of football being interviewed for that job.

“You can see there could be problems that could arise when you’ve got a manager that is that hands-on. You’re trying to do a job, you’re trying to bring him players but he doesn’t want them.

“That’s where it can be very difficult. We do have to wait and see. It could change Celtic’s thinking of appointing somebody in that role.

I think he’s going to be very hands-on when it comes to the signings and who he wants.

“He’s got a certain way of playing, and only certain players can fit that. I think he’ll have a large say on the players that come in.”

In other news, Frank McAvennie has named only three players Celtic should keep after ‘disaster’.