Celtic fans don’t seem too convinced by the temporary appointment of Nick Hammond. The Englishman is expected to replace departed head of recruitment Lee Congerton, but only on a short-term basis.

The club say that Hammond will join on July 1st “to work with the club, initially across the summer period”.

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Hammond has enjoyed key roles at two English clubs in recent years. He was previously director of football at Reading and technical director at West Bromwich Albion.

He has a decent track record at those clubs. However, these Celtic fans aren’t too impressed with the apparent trial basis of the move.

 

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Verdict

The whole move seems a bit bizarre from the outside looking in. The club aren’t exactly sending out an assured message by getting Hammond in on an initial short-term deal. Our recruitment is of paramount importance this summer and it’s extremely worrying that the club don’t seem to be treating it as such.

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The fact Hammond won’t be in post until the start of July adds further confusion. We should be looking to have a fair bit of our summer business tied up by the end of this month with European qualifiers soon to come.

Sending out the message that our recruitment will only properly start then is another worrying development.

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