The appointment of Fergal Harkin as director of football will make new manager negotiations easier for Celtic. 

That’s the opinion of former Aberdeen and Leeds striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a potential new appointment at Parkhead.

Football Insider revealed on Thursday that Celtic are dead set on hiring Harkin as their director of football.

It was previously understood that a deal for Harkin was “90 per cent done” and that the deal now progressed further down the line with Celtic ‘committed’ to bringing Harkin to Parkhead.

Whelan insists that Harkin’s appointment will make securing a new manager easy as any potential new boss will know exactly what they’re walking into.

“Whoever comes in as manager will have to deal with this,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge. 

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“But I’m sure there won’t be any kind of friction between the manager and the man coming into this technical director role.

“I think you’ve just got to expect the experience that he’s going to bring and that knowledge of the job he’s been doing for years and years and very successfully as well.

“It’s easy for the manager negotiations, completely, because this man’s in place. So you’re here, you manage, you work with him.

“It’s as plain as day for a manager who’s going to be signing if there are no grey areas. This is what it is, you want to come and be our manager, fantastic, this is who you’re working with.”

Harkin, 44, is the football partnerships manager at Premier League side Manchester City and is said to be a Celtic fan.

Celtic have been without a permanent manager since Neil Lennon stepped down from the role at the end of February.

In other news, Celtic may try to re-sign former favourite after senior players left shocked by teammate, claims pundit.