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STRACHAN FOR CELTIC

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GAVIN STRACHAN, son of former Celtic boss Gordon, has agreed to join the Hoops as a replacement for departing first-team coach Damien Duff.

The 41-year-old former Dundee and Coventry City midfielder is currently No.2 at English League One outfit Peterborough and will rubberstamp his switch tomorrow.

A compensation package has already been thrashed out for the highly-rated Strachan, who still had two years to run on his contract.

Barry Fry, the club’s director of football, speaking in the Scottish Sun on Sunday, said: “I have agreed a deal with Celtic’s lawyer and Gavin Strachan has also agreed a deal with the club.

“We don’t want to lose him, but we cannot stand in the way of such a big job. The deal should be completed on Monday.”

Strachan is a long-term ally of Posh boss Darren Ferguson, but a return to Scotland and a role with Neil Lennon at the nine-in-a-row champions proved irresistible.

His father won three titles in four years as Hoops gaffer, taking over from Martin O’Neill in 2005.

Strachan Jnr has already held positive talks with Lennon and also has links to assistant manager John Kennedy having gone through their coaching badges together.

Strachan, born in Aberdeen, will work closely with Kennedy on a daily basis. The new Bhoy had a youth coaching role at Peterborough in 2011 and was appointed Ilkeston Town boss in 2015.

But he left soon after to be Ferguson’s No 2 at Doncaster Rovers. Strachan then followed the son of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson back to Posh in early 2019.

The Hoops have been searching for a replacement for Duff who has returned to the Republic of Ireland as Stephen Kenny’s No.2 in the international set-up.

The club’s former defenders Darren O’Dea and Stephen McManus, both currently working at Parkhead, were in the running for the post.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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