By Paul Robinson

30th Jun, 2021 | 7:00pm

Pundit tells Celtic to pull plug on stunning O'Neill return after source's update

Paul Robinson has claimed it would be a “bad idea” for Celtic to sensationally appoint Martin O’Neill as their new director of football.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper suggested the 69-year-old would clash with Ange Postecoglou because of his managerial background.

A Celtic source told Football Insider on 30th June that O’Neill has let the board know that he would be interested in becoming the Hoops’ new director of football.

It comes after the Glasgow giants failed to reach an agreement with Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin.

O’Neill, who spent five years as Celtic manager between 2000 and 2005, has been out of work since his departure from Nottingham Forest in 2019.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on O’Neill becoming director of football, Robinson said: “I think it’s a bad idea.

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“A director of football should come in before the manager is appointed in my opinion.

“Postecoglou seems like a very independent man. He sounds very strong minded. I cannot imagine that it would sit well with him if he did not have control of transfers etc.

“It is also very difficult when you have a manager in place and then bring in a director of football. It should be other other way round.

“I know Martin and he is a very strong character. Having spent time in Martin’s company I think it would be hard for him to take that role without having a strong opinion on how things work out on the pitch because he’s been a manager for so many years.”

In other news, McAvennie can’t believe Celtic treatment of ‘wonderful’ 28-year-old amid Postecoglou hint.