SFA to decide if Strachan is breaching dual interest rules

Gordon Strachan could be blocked from working as both Dundee Technical Director and Celtic consultant if SFA and Professional Game Board decide there is conflict of interest

  • Gordon Strachan may have to publicly relinquish Celtic consultancy role 
  • He is Technical Director for Scottish rivals Dundee so there may be conflict
  • Sportsmail understands neither Celtic or Dundee sought green light from SFA
  • Eight-man PGB will discuss whether Strachan can hold onto both roles 

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.

Gordon Strachan is Technical Director at Dundee but is also working with Celtic 

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. 

Strachan will not be working with the Celtic first team but may still be prevented from holding  both roles at rival clubs simultaneously depending on the verdict of the eight-man panel

While there is no suggestions of Strachan influencing first team matters at Celtic or working as a Director of Football, however, the unambiguous nature of the rules means an eight-man PGB headed up by vice-chairman Mike Mulraney will now be forced to discuss whether he can legitimately hold roles at the same time.

‘I am really looking forward to returning,’ Strachan told the Celtic website.

‘The development of young players is a real passion for me and I will do anything I can to support the club in these areas.

‘I also look forward to continuing my work at Dundee, where I have established a great working relationship and close bond with the manager, managing director, staff and coaches.’

Strachan said he is excited about the return to the club where he is considered a legend

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