Celtic news: McAvennie tips director appointment after 'critical' reveal

By Frank McAvennie

25th Feb, 2021 | 11:06am

McAvennie: I've heard Celtic are appointing director of football soon

Frank McAvennie has “heard” Celtic will appoint a director of football in the imminent future.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Parkhead legend warned the club that they “need to get it right next year” or risk Glasgow rivals Rangers establishing dominance in the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic announced on Wednesday morning that Lennon had resigned from his position as manager after a turbulent season both on and off the pitch.

There will also be change at boardroom level in the summer, with Peter Lawwell to step down from his position as chief executive.

He will be replaced by Scottish Rugby Union chief Dominic McKay.

Celtic currently have a recruitment chief in Nick Hammond, although his title is ‘head of football operations’.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the club’s management structure, McAvennie, who lives in Glasgow and remains well connected to his former club, said: “They will have a director of football coming in soon, from what I have heard.

“Listen, they have got to get it right next year. They cannot keep going on like this and just hope that it turns.

“Rangers will get even stronger in the summer and they will go on a run. That is the last thing that Celtic supporters will want. The changes need to be put in place now.”

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Brendan Rodgers urged the club he formerly managed to install a director of football and described the position as “critical” in the modern game.

He said: “At the highest level, in particular, it’s a role which is very important. I think in the modern game, it’s absolutely critical to have that.

“Obviously the manager has to be able to bring in players he wants because he’s accountable for what happens on the pitch. I’m pretty sure that’s something Celtic may be looking at.”

In other news, McAvennie will ‘never forgive’ the Celtic players who ‘downed tools’ on Neil Lennon.