By Alex McLeish

12th Aug, 2021 | 7:00am

McLeish suggests more Celtic recruits are coming in after what he's heard from 'close friend'

Alex McLeish has suggested Gordon Strachan’s appointment as a consultant at Celtic could lead to further senior arrivals.

The former Rangers manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heralded the 64-year-old’s “intelligent football brain”.

Celtic confirmed on Tuesday (August 10th) Strachan had joined on a three-month consultancy project.

The former Hoops boss is set to look over the academy, women’s team and B team.

He will then feedback his recommendation to new chief executive Dominic McKay over how to develop and progress in these areas.

Celtic are also still without a director of football despite a lengthy search this summer.

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McLeish insisted hiring Strachan was “common sense” for the Bhoys as they look for new appointments.

He suggested his “close friend” would help the Hoops in bringing new faces in.

McLeish told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “Gordon’s a very close friend of mine.

“Strachan is a very intelligent guy and a very intelligent football brain.

That speaks of a bit of common sense in terms of Celtic looking to recruit other names that we’ve heard.

“Strachan’s definitely got the brains to do that kind of particular role with his massive experience in the game.

“He was always a very funny guy in the dressing room. He was at the head of the quips but also his intelligence of football is very, very high.”

Strachan has been working as a technical director at Dundee since 2019.

It was confirmed on Tuesday he will continue in his post at Dens Park.

In other news, Joe Hart among several Celtic stars handed “enormous” boost, claims McLeish.