Celtic are right to appoint a director of football before bringing in a new manager, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Manchester City defender delivered his verdict as the Hoops are set to appoint Fergal Harkin to the role.

This site understands a deal to bring the 44-year-old from Manchester City to Glasgow is “90 per cent done”.

Harkin is currently the football partnerships manager at the Premier League leaders.

His is expected to lead to multiple hires of analysts and recruitment specialists from City.

Celtic have been without a manager since Neil Lennon resigned his position in February and there is currently no clear favourite.

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Asked whether the Glasgow giants were right to focus on a new executive before a new manager, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes.

“Director of football is the old-school chief-executive. They’re involved in transfers, involved in contracts, talking to scouts about who they’re going to sign.

“Football is such a big business, it’s global. You need that.

“He then organises the coaches, he then organises recruitment and puts all these people in place.

“The owners and chairman are off doing what they’re doing. They’ve got lives to lead. So the director of football is effectively running the football club and is putting in all the right people.

“He’s basically the CEO of a company. It’s a massive appointment.”


Football Insider revealed last month that the current head of recruitment Gary Penrice is set to leave Celtic at the end of the season after their disastrous league campaign.

It is also expected that head of football operations Nicky Hammond is also likely to go.

In other news, a top pundit has claimed the door has opened for Celtic to sign a 25-year-old after holding extensive talks this year.