'Top pedigree, worked under Ferguson' - Exclusive: New Celtic arrival has blown ex-Ger away

Alan Hutton claims the arrival of new first-team coach Gavin Strachan ticks “a lot of boxes” for Celtic.

The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 41-year-old’s familial and professional pedigree will stand him in good stead at Parkhead.

Celtic confirmed on Monday that Strachan, son of former Hoops boss Gordon, had joined the club after leaving his post as Darren Ferguson’s assistant at Peterborough United.

Strachan joins the Bhoys after the departure of Damien Duff from the coaching staff, with the Republic of Ireland legend joining the national team as assistant manager.

Hutton believes that Strachan has got the experience and contacts to be a valuable addition to the staff in Glasgow.

Asked about the new backroom arrival, Hutton told Football Insider: “It ticks boxes – he’s got the connection through his dad so he knows what it’s all about and if you look at him as a coach, he’s worked under Darren Ferguson at a few different clubs so obviously he’s got his top pedigree from his dad.

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“I think there’s a lot of boxes that get ticked there – great experience through all the different levels coming from his dad and working its way down.

“I think it’s a good appointment, it looks like he’s going to work as number three behind John Kennedy so I’m sure he’ll have some good ideas and the plus point is, if he was ever to want to know anything about the club, his dad’s there.

“He’s experienced it all – been there, seen it, done it, got the t-shirt so I think it’s great to fall back on.” 

Despite being born in Aberdeen, Strachan spent the majority of his career as a player in England, while he played eight times for Scotland’s under-21s.

He coached at Ilkeston and Doncaster Rovers before joining Peterborough.

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