Celtic may have already told Fergal Harkin who they are planning to appoint as manager amid talks for the director of football role, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 44-year-old would only sign on at Parkhead once he knows who will be taking charge in the dugout.

As revealed by Football Insider, a deal for Harkin is “90 per cent done” at Parkhead after more talks this week.

Harkin is currently Manchester City’s football partnerships and pathway manager.

His arrival could see other recruitment experts and analysts arrive from the Premier League champions.

Celtic have signed the likes of Olivier Ntcham, Patrick Roberts and Jeremie Frimpong from City in recent years.

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Of course, Celtic are also in the hunt for a new manager to replace Neil Lennon.

First-team coach John Kennedy has taken temporary charge at Parkhead.

With a deal for Harkin close, Whelan suggested the Bhoys may have told him who they are targeting.

Asked if he thought appointing a director of football first was vital for Celtic, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think both are just as important as each other.

“You’ve got to find that balance between the two of them, where you get the best out of both.

“There can’t be any niggles or fractious moments. They’ve got to be singing off the same hymn sheet.

“I’m sure that whenever they get a director of football and they get a manager, they will have spoken about each other, before they sign on the dotted line.

“You’ve got to get that harmony and that good partnership going. That is vitally important.”

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