Sources: Celtic set sights on multiple Man City hires as radical overhaul takes shape

Celtic have set their sights on multiple hires from Man City as part of a radical overhaul, Football Insider understands.

This site revealed on Friday that the Glasgow giants have opened director of football talks with City transfer guru Fergal Harkin.

That could be just the start of a stampede of arrivals at Parkhead from the Premier League giants.

A team of analysts and recruitment experts may follow Harkin, 44, to Glasgow if he lands the key executive role.

Harkin, 44, is a leading contender for the director of football post as a huge overhaul on and off the pitch begins to take shape.

Far-reaching changes behind the scenes are being discussed as Celtic work on a complete shake-up of their recruitment and football operation.

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Football Insider revealed last month that head of recruitment Gary Penrice is set to leave Celtic at the end of the season and head of football operations Nicky Hammond is also likely to go.

It is expected Celtic will appoint a director of football, a chief scout working below him and a team of analysts to crunch the numbers and provide state-of-the-art date.

The club’s plan is to finalise the director of football appointment before narrowing down their new manager search.

The executive, whether it be Harkin or someone else, is set to have a major say on the identity of Neil Lennon’s successor.

Harkin is the football partnerships manager at Premier League leaders City and his knowledge and experience built up during 11 years at the club is said to have impressed Celtic.

The Glasgow giants have employed specialists Nolan Partners to draw up a shortlist of candidates to interview for the director of football role.

In other news, McAvennie can’t believe how Celtic are treating “brilliant talent” and claims it’s a terrible indictment on the coaching staff.