Celtic have made no commitments to appointing a director of football or head of football operations at Parkhead.
A Twitter user named Ginty1888, who asks questions for The Cynic and attended a recent supporters forum hosted by the club, tweeted among a series of meeting highlights that the board revealed they have made no ground in appointing either a director of football or a head of football operations.
It was recently reported that the former Hibernian sporting director was spotted at Parkhead, leading to rumours that the 38-year-old could be in line to take up a similar position with the Hoops. The likes of Fergal Harkin, Matteo Tognozzi, David Webb and Neil McGuinness were also touted with the director of football role earlier this year.
However, according to this latest update, it would appear as if the Bhoys are no closer to bringing any of their potential targets into the role.
While things have started to look on the up under the leadership of Ange Postecoglou in recent weeks, with Celtic closing the gap on the league leaders to just four points, reports that the club still seem to be some way off hiring a director of football at Parkhead will undoubtedly be a cause for concern among fans.
It is all well and good allowing Postecoglou to bring in his own transfer targets to the club in the short-term, but should the board eventually decide to part ways with the 56-year-old, whether at the end of the season or in four years’ time, Celtic could well be a team completely made in the Greek-Australian manager’s image.
However, with a director of football in position, a manager’s influence in the transfer market is much more limited, with the backroom figure having the final say on which players enter and exit the club, meaning that Celtic’s overall philosophy is continually followed in their transfer dealings regardless of who is in charge of the team.
On the other hand, in the event that Celtic were to sack Postecoglou, his successor would more than likely want to bring his own transfer targets to the club, as well as selling some of the players Postecoglou has signed, which could cost the club millions of unnecessary pounds in transfer fees.
As such, the news that the board have not made any progress in their appointment of a director or football is worrying for the long-term future of the club. Should Celtic wish to avoid a repeat of their failures of the past, they must adapt to the ways of the modern game.