Celtic set to appoint Fergal Harkin as their director of football

Celtic are thought to be closing in on the appointment of Fergal Harkin as their new director of football.

According to Football Insider, the Irishman is a massive Celtic fan and the Scottish outfit are keen on appointing him as their director this summer.

The Hoops have recently been linked with the move for the former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and the appointment of Harkin could affect Celtic’s chances of luring the 43-year-old to Parkhead negatively.

Apparently, the former Premier League manager made it clear to the Scottish club that he wanted Richard Hughes to join him at Parkhead in the sporting director role.

It will be interesting to see if Howe is willing to take over at Celtic despite the appointment of Harkin this summer.

The former Cherries manager had a great working relationship with Hughes from their time together at Bournemouth.

The Hoops must get their managerial appointment right this summer. They need someone who is capable of rebuilding the side from scratch.

The new manager will have to freshen up the playing squad by getting rid of deadwood and bringing in quality young talents. Furthermore, Celtic need to add a distinct style of play to the team as well.

Howe did a similar job at Bournemouth and he could be an ideal appointment for them.

The Hoops were beaten to the Scottish Premiership title by Rangers this season and they will be desperate to bounce back strongly and win the domestic crown next year.

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