Noel Whelan has tipped Gavin Strachan to become a future manager of Celtic after he was appointed the club’s new first-team coach.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, was adamant his former teammate would be a “fantastic” addition to Neil Lennon’s backroom staff.

The club confirmed last night that the son of former Hoops and Scotland manager Gordon Strachan would replace Damien Duff who left his position earlier this month.

Gavin Strachan has spent the last 17 months as Peterborough United’s assistant manager – helping them to seventh in League One last season.

Whelan claimed that the 41-year-old has aspirations to get into management in his career.

“I played with Gavin at Coventry and he has been in coaching for a long, long time now,” he told Football Insider.

“It is a fantastic move for him. He has earned the right to go to Celtic as the number three. It will be a great move for him.

“A young mind who knows his coaching. Somebody that wants to progress again and going to Celtic will give him great experience.

“I am sure in the long future there will be a manager’s position there for him. He has got aspirations and a desire to go higher and is definitely going in the right direction.

“It’s a superb move for both coach and club. I wish Gavin all of the best there.

“He has got the experience from his Dad as well. But he is his own man and he has learned his trade in the right way.”

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