Date: 24th March 2021 at 8:20pm
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Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes has recently made a claim about the potential appointment of Fergal Harkin.

Dykes was hosting an episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind‘ podcast as the panel spoke about numerous issues involving Celtic and their structure for the 2021/22 season. Dykes talked about the potential appointment of a director of football and made it clear that fans should expect an announcement regarding that soon.

It has been stated previously that Celtic are eyeing Harkin as an appointment for the director of football role next season. Football Insider reported that the Hoops have indeed opened talks with Harkin regarding the role and while no agreement was in place, discussions were said to be underway.

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Dykes believes that it seems certain that Harkin will take over and that a new director of football should be expected to be announced before a new manager arrives at Parkhead.

He claimed: “Fergal Harkin seems to be a shoo-in. He seems to be the guy that’s in as director of football. And we would expect a director of football to be announced first. So, we’ve got the new CEO; we know that he’s going to be in place – Dominic McKay. I would expect pretty soon the announcement that Fergal Harkin is going to be the director of football.”

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TIF Thoughts on Fergal Harkin’s appointment…

44-year-old Harkin has previously been described as a ‘transfer guru’ because of the role he plays with the Manchester City loanees and their development.

Given what has occurred at Celtic over the past few months, a complete restructure is not entirely surprising. With Peter Lawwell’s departure coinciding with their awful defence of the title this season and the subsequent resignation of Neil Lennon, it is certainly an opportunity for Celtic to wipe the slate clean and start afresh.

Dominic McKay’s arrival as CEO looks to be the first part of that and while it is unclear as yet whether Harkin will follow, it seems the Hoops are not standing still in getting prepared for next year as they look to wrest the title back from Rangers’ grasp.