Celtic AGM: Nicholson discusses scouting plans; vital new recruit being sourced

By David Walton

November 17, 2021

Celtic Chief Executive Michael Nicholson has stated that the Hoops are looking to recruit a new Head of Data to join the scouting department.

Ange Postecoglou told 67HailHail and other fan media outlets on Monday that he wanted to improve the scouting and recruitment departments at Parkhead.

Celtic moved to appoint Anton McElhone as the club’s new Head of Sport Science earlier this year. And now it looks as though a Head of Data could be joining him in the door as Postecoglou looks to surround himself with his own people:

Postecoglou is clearly trying to build something that will stand the test of time at Celtic. Adding key backroom hires will be important in that particular goal.

The Celtic boss has long since been calling for the need to bring more people in not just in terms of new players either. Considering his appointment saw nobody arrive with him, there was always going to be plenty of work needing done down the line.

It remains to be seen if Celtic can get their new Head of Data in before the January transfer window.

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Celtic looking to appoint new Head of Data as Postecoglou era rolls on

This is another key reason as to why it was premature to say the rebuild had all but completed over the course of the summer. That was never the case.

Sure, in terms of players, we managed to bring more or less a new squad to the football club. An incredible job in which Postecoglou and former CEO Dom McKay need to be commended for.

However, there were still so many backroom shortages that needed sorted out. Not just in terms of new hires, but with personnel who had still to prove themselves to Ange.

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After all, it’s a totally different era the club is now involved in. A different footballing environment along with new philosophies and ways of working. There was no certainty that the previous staff left behind after the Lennon era would take to it.

But Ange appears satisfied with what he’s working with at the moment. Especially considering there’s a plan in place over the longer-term to add to some of the lesser-seen areas of his footballing department.

Hopefully, we bring the new recruit in ASAP.

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