GORDON STRACHAN is about to make return to Celtic in an advisory role, as CQN reported TWO months ago.

The 64-year-old former Hoops boss will accept the short-term role, but he will NOT be taking up the director of football position that is planned in the backroom team revamp.

Strachan, who won three successive titles and managed the club between 2005 and 2009, could be back at Lennoxtown as early as this week after agreeing to take on a new role in control of the club’s strategic planning and youth development.

His remit is likely to include the academy, B team, and the women’s side, according to a report in the Daily Record.

The former Scotland international chief, who will continue as technical director of Dundee, is not likely to have any say in Ange Postecoglou’s first-team plans.

Since leaving the club 12 years ago, Strachan has remained a close friend and confidant of major shareholder Dermot Desmond.

The former Aberdeen, Manchester United and Leeds midfielder’s son Gavin has been part of  Postecoglou’s backroom team since his appointment as Neil Lennon’s long-term successor earlier this summer.

Strachan and chief executive Dominic McKay have been in close dialogue about the new position for a number of months, but the move was put on hold while player recruitment was prioritised.

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