Former Scotland international Alan Hutton believes that Celtic appointing a new sporting director could turn out to be a “disaster.”
Warning issued to Celtic
This comes after Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph claimed that the Hoops are looking to appoint someone who has experience in the role, with the likes of David Webb, Fergal Harkin and Matteo Tognozzi being considered for the position.
Reports back in January suggested that the Parkhead club are due to undergo a mass overhaul in the summer, with transfer guru Nick Hammond and recruitment chief Gary Penrice set to follow Neil Lennon out the exit door.
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton reacted to the prospect of Celtic bringing a sporting director in but also sent a warning to the club.
“It seems to be going that way,” he said. “It takes a little bit of pressure, I think, off the manager and most teams are doing it.
“It doesn’t always work out. I think it has to be a solid relationship between the manager and the sporting director. If they’re pushing in different directions it is always going to end in disaster.
“It’ll work if they can get somebody there who gets on well with the manager. If they’ve got the same ideas, same philosophy, same way of moving the team forward.
“It’s as simple as that. I understand why they’re doing it and it just seems to be the way that football’s going at the moment.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
We think the club should follow the path that the former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers suggested – bringing in a Director of Football.
But Hutton is right – Celtic could be in danger of repeating the recruitment mistakes that have been made during the 2020/21 campaign if they do not make the right selection.
With the new chief executive Dominic McKay set to start his new role in the summer, time will tell whether Hutton’s warnings are heeded.
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