Date: 28th May 2021 at 7:57am
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The Daily Record has taken something of a leap in the dark by claiming that Fergal Harkin is moving closer to becoming ’s Director of Football.

’s Partnerships (loan players) Manager has apparently turned down the Director of Football job at one of City’s partner clubs with ‘Irish sources’ believing that this decision is related to his interest in moving to Celtic.

Harkin and Bournemouth’s Richard Hughes have been the two names most strongly linked with a Sporting Director/ Director of Football role at Celtic but there has never been any conformation that the club is looking to create such a role.

It would seem logical with Peter Lawwell retiring at the end of June and quitting as Head of Football Operations that someone has to come in to co-ordinate the football side above first team level.

The Daily Record reports:

Celtic target Fergal Harkin has turned down a director of football role with – clearing the way for him to land the job.

The Irishman, who is currently  City ’s football partnerships manager, has held talks with the Glasgow giants and is among the leading candidates to take the newly-created role.

The English champions are aware of Celtic ’s firm interest and are currently preparing for tomorrow’s Champions League Final against Chelsea.

City have offered Harkin the chance to become more hands-on with Belgians Lommel but he has rejected that opportunity.

Irish sources believe Harkin’s decision is down to the fact he is edging closer to landing the Celtic job.

On Wednesday Celtic launched their campaign to renew Season Tickets but there was no comment about who might be managing the team. Shadowing CEO has yet to make any on the record comment although he did address a Forum conference call.