By Kevin Phillips

28th Sep, 2021 | 7:00am

Pundit fears 'friction' between Celtic board and Postecoglou after Athletic's new signing reveal

Kevin Phillips has suggested there could be “friction” between Ange Postecoglou and the Celtic board regarding the signing of James McCarthy.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker said “it’s a recipe for disaster” when a player is signed above a manager’s head.

The Hoops signed McCarthy on a free transfer in August following the expiration of the player’s contract at Crystal Palace.

However, according to The Athletic (20th September), neither Postecoglou nor the scouting department wanted to sign the centre-midfielder.

McCarthy has made seven appearances across all competitions since arriving to Parkhead but only three have been starts.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on the transfer, Phillips said:

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“It’s a recipe for disaster when a player is signed above a manager’s head. It is what it is though and you have to get on with it.

“It is never ideal when a player is brought in on a four-year contract who is not to a manager’s liking.

“There could be pressure from above saying, ‘We gave him a four-year deal. He needs to be involved.’ Believe me it happens. It can cause friction between the board and the manager and the manager and the player. It is not an ideal situation.

“What I would say though, is that McCarthy is a very good player. I’m sure he will prove to be a good signing for Celtic.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire claims Celtic and Rangers are fearful as a £400million deal hangs in balance amid ‘advanced talks’.