Celtic have had a “disaster” in their hunt to appoint new senior figures, according to Noel Whelan. 

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted it is “embarrassing” the Hoops are still without a manager or technical director.

As reported by Sky Sports on Tuesday (June 1st), talks between Celtic and Fergal Harkin over the sporting director role have fallen through.

The Hoops are seeking a new senior hire after head of football operations Nick Hammond left the club in March.

Harkin is currently working as Manchester City’s football partnerships and pathways manager.

The Hoops are also without a permanent manager, although a deal for Ange Postecoglou is understood to be close.

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Whelan insisted it is a “farce” there is still no one in place in either position.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s been a disaster so far appointing the manager and technical director. It’s just not happening for them.

“It looks like the biggest farce in the world if you’re a Celtic fan. Anything that could have gone wrong right now has gone wrong. It’s taken far too long.

“This should have been put in place when Neil Lennon left, pretty much. If not, then between that period until the end of the season. It should have been put in place ready for when the season ends.

“It’s dragging, it’s becoming embarrassing, it’s like people don’t want to come to Celtic. Why? It’s a giant of a club. They’re always going to be up there competing. Champions League football as well if they get through the prelims.

“It’s an exciting club but you wonder why, people right now, are steering away.” Celtic have been without a manager since Neil Lennon’s departure in February.

Assistant boss John Kennedy took interim charge until the end of the campaign.

In other news, Celtic have made a move to sign a Premier League 24-year-old who’s just had the best season of his career.