Whelan hails 'very good signing' as Celtic close in on hire after major update

Celtic can’t afford to wait for a new manager as they prepare to appoint Fergal Harkin as their director of football. 

That’s according to former Aberdeen and Leeds striker, Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a potential appointment at Celtic Park.

Football Insider revealed on Thursday that Celtic are dead set on hiring Harkin as their director of football and are prepared to defy Eddie Howe to get their man.

This site revealed on 20th March that a deal for Harkin, 44, was “90 per cent done” and that has now progressed further down the line with Celtic ‘committed’ to bringing Harkin to Parkhead.

During talks with Eddie Howe regarding the vacant managerial position at Parkhead, Howe made it clear that he wanted Bournemouth technical director Richard Hughes to join him at Celtic in the sporting director role instead of Harkin.

Whelan insists that Celtic can’t wait for Howe as they make major decisions about the club’s future and claimed the club must continue with their plan to appoint Harkin.

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“You can’t hold out for the decisions of a manager that might not or might want to sign for you,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge. 

“They’ve got spaces to fill and very important roles to fill there. This is the first time they’re going to have a football technical director and it’s got to be the right one.

“Somebody with experience, somebody that knows what he’s doing, someone that’s been in that position for a long time and you can’t look any further than Man City can you?

“I mean look at the experience that they brought into the club, look how they went out and found gems instead of just paying out thousands and thousands and millions of pounds on international players.

“He’s done the same thing with 23s as well don’t forget, finding players so he will know where to look and he’ll have the resources and he’ll have the contacts.

“So it looks like a very very good signing.”

In other news, Frank McAvennie tears into “arrogant” Celtic player closing in on near-£2million exit.