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The SFA are set to investigate Gordon Strachan’s consultancy role at Celtic.

On Tuesday The Sun claimed that the former Scotland boss was about to start in a ‘senior advisory role’ but within an hour of that new surfacing Celtic made an official announcement including quotes from Strachan.

A three month advisory role focussed on the Academy, B team and Woman’s team seemed an odd remit while confirming that Strachan will continue in his Dundee role as Technical Director.

Celtic’s current structure has some big gaps relating to recruitment but the club seemed at pains to downplay the role that Strachan will play with a clear three month timeline.

Stephen McGowan of the Daily Mail reports:

The Professional Game Board of the Scottish FA are set to consider whether Gordon Strachan’s return to Celtic in a consultancy role represents a breach of their dual interest rules.

Strachan, 64, has returned to the club he managed to three SPFL titles on a short-term basis to assess the workings of the youth academy, women’s team and B team before reporting his findings to Chief Executive Dominic McKay.

In an unusual arrangement, however, the former Scotland manager plans to retain his role as Technical Director at Premiership rivals Dundee.

Surprised by the development the SFA will now consider if that constitutes a breach of Article 13 of their regulations and whether one of the roles will have to be publicly relinquished.

Existing rules say that no person ‘involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management or administration of a club’ can simultaneously be involved in any capacity in the management of administration of another club unless they have obtained ‘the prior written consent of the Board.’

Sportsmail understands that neither Celtic or Dundee sought the green light from the SFA before announcing the new arrangement publicly on Wednesday afternoon. SFA sources say dual interest rules are principally designed to deal with shareholding issues.

It would seem that a Sporting Director or Director of Football is needed at Celtic to link together all aspects of the club.

In January Leo Hjelde was loaned out to Ross County where he made a dozen appearances, this season he has been playing in the Lowland League and appears to be on route to Leeds United.

Last night’s B team against Annan included players such as Lee O’Connor, Scott Robertson and Luca Connell who were out on loan last season but seem to be in limbo at the moment with no obvious career plan.

Sorting out proper plans for players at that level running in harmony with first team recruitment would ensure that no manager ever comes in to the level of rebuild that Ange Postecoglou has taken on.

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