CELTIC first team coach Gavin Strachan is poised to reject the opportunity to take over as manager at former club Hartlepool United, according to a report.

The 42-year-old backroom Bhoy, the son of former Hoops three-time title-winning manager Gordon, has been part of the Parkhead training set-up since being called in by Neil Lennon last summer.

Strachan made over 100 appearances for the English League Two outfit between 2003-07 and had been linked with the role with his ex-club on the look-out for a new gaffer after the departure of Dave Challinor to Stockport County.

Former Leeds United, Newcastle, Real Madrid and England international central defender Jonathan Woodgate, 41, who had a spell in charge at Middlesbrough and was caretaker at Bournemouth until Scott Parker took over in June, has also been mentioned as a possibility, but the Hoops coach was favourite, according to the Hartlepool Mail.

Strachan has been an integral part of Ange Postecoglou’s off-the-field team and has previously coached at Peterborough and Doncaster Rovers as Darren Ferguson’s assistant at both clubs.

Hartlepool were willing to give him the opportunity to manage a side for the first time, but it appears Strachan is perfectly happy in his current post.

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