Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Fergal Harkin, who is reportedly closing in on a move to Celtic.
Football Insider were informed by a Hoops source in recent days that they are close to appointing the 44-year-old in a newly created director of football role. They are ‘committed’ to appointing the Irishman, who is currently Manchester City’s football partnerships manager, and are even willing to defy the wishes of managerial target Eddie Howe in the process.
Reports last month claimed that the Hoops were left impressed by the Irishman with his 11 years of experience built up at the Etihad Stadium, although Howe wants to bring Bournemouth technical director Richard Hughes with him to Parkhead.
Whelan was speaking to Football Insider about the update on Harkin, with the 46-year-old believing it will be a ‘very good signing’ as he said.
“You can’t hold out for the decisions of a manager that might not or might want to sign for you.
“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.”
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Harkin and Peter Lawwell know each other very well, so their long-standing friendship may well have been crucial in regards to the pending deal. Harkin actually helped Lawwell’s son Mark join Manchester City eight years ago.
He also recommended Ronny Deila to the Hoops back in 2014 and is a ‘massive’ Celtic fan, so you’d expect him to have plenty of knowledge on the Glasgow giants, and it doesn’t seem surprising that Whelan feels he would be a good appointment at Parkhead.
His first role could well be helping the club to appoint a new first-team manager, and you’d expect him to work closely with incoming chief executive Dominic McKay.
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