Celtic have opened contract renewal talks with first-team coach Gavin Strachan.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim a Celtic source has revealed that Ange Postecoglou’s side have opened talks with the first-team coach regarding the extension of his current deal at Parkhead.
The report goes on to state that the 43-year-old is highly regarded by the Bhoys hierarchy, and is being rewarded for his role in the Hoops’ transformation under the leadership of the Greek-Australian head coach this season.
Finally, it is said that the negotiations between the coach and the club are already well underway, with it being hoped by both parties that an agreement can be reached in the near future.
With Strachan having started to attract interest from clubs looking for a new manager – such as League Two side Hartlepool United, who approached the 43-year-old in November of last year – the news that the first team coach looks set to remain at Parkhead for the foreseeable is sure to have left Postecoglou buzzing.
Indeed, the Daily Record previously reported that Strachan has “been hailed by Postecoglou for the key role he has played behind the scenes” at Lennoxtown, as well as it being stated that the “highly-rated” Scotsman has proven himself to be “an integral part of Postecoglou’s backroom team.”
The 56-year-old Bhoys boss has also joked about the former Peterborough United and Doncaster Rovers assistant manager’s reputation of a “laptop coach” – stating about Strachan and his hardware, which featured in Celtic’s Christmas advert, earlier this season:
“I’m not surprised he’s taken star billing. It’s a very important part of our setup here, and that’s all I’ll say about it!”
However, all joking aside, considering the remarkable job Postecoglou and his backroom staff have done in turning Celtic’s extremely disappointing 2020/21 campaign into what could well be a domestic treble-winning season this time around, it is clear the 43-year-old has well and truly earned a new deal at Parkhead – with his impending extension undoubtedly being good news for the club.
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