Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph has talked about Celtic’s plans of potentially replacing Nick Hammond this summer.
Hammond left Celtic some weeks ago, as he resigned from his post of the club’s recruitment chief. He had been in the post for 17 months and during his time at the club, with Neil Lennon reportedly frustrated about signings made during his tenure.
Joseph talked about any potential plans to replace Hammond when the journalist appeared on the Only As Good As Your Last Game podcast. The Sky Sports journalist stated that replacing Hammond is something Celtic want to do as part of their restructure and the Hoops were initially looking to fill in two positions on the recruitment side of things.
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The journalist said: “Well, as far as I’m aware, that’s part of what they’d wanted to do with the restructure. So I think there would’ve likely have been a sporting director and there would’ve been someone specifically put in to do the recruitment.
“So Nicky Hammond’s official job title was head of football operations, but his actual role was more to do with recruitment. So I think Celtic are looking to fill two positions – well, certainly they were before when they were talking to Fergal Harkin.”
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The Hoops were linked with a move to sign Fergal Harkin, but the move has fallen through as he decided to stay at Manchester City. Eddie Howe wanted Richard Hughes at the club during talks with the club, but the Englishman’s move never materialised.
It shows that Celtic are certainly looking to bring in someone who handles transfers at the club, while John Kennedy was also said to be an option for taking over as the sporting director.
Joseph states that the Hoops want to make two appointments in this department, so it might be that at least one of these new arrivals plays the same role as Hammond did.