Celtic should look at Hibernian for Lee Congerton replacement

By Hamish Carton

June 5, 2019

If Celtic are looking to fill the Head of Recruitment void left by Lee Congerton then they should move quickly and take a key figure from one of our rivals.

Congerton departed the club for Leicester City last month and is yet to be replaced. That means we’re going into one of the most important transfer windows in recent memory with nobody in the role.

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One of the club’s most successful scouts was John Park. He worked for us between 2007 and 2016 and unearthed some diamonds like Virgil Van Dijk and Victor Wanyama.

Park had previously worked for Hibernian and it is the Leith club who Celtic should once again plunder to find Congerton’s replacement.

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The Easter Road side’s recruitment has been one of the main reasons for their rise over the past three seasons. They’ve searched high and wide, signing players from Switzerland, Germany and Italy among others.

Nobody had heard of Florian Kamberi or Jamie Maclaren before they moved to Scotland. Just last season they managed to pull off a coup with the signing of Belgian under-21 international Stephane Omeonga on loan from Genoa.

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Compare that wide perspective with the search Celtic are currently conducting. The majority of our targets have been based in England – a heavily inflated and unworkable market.

The main man at Hibernian where recruitment is concerned is Graeme Mathie. His official role is Head of Player Identification & Recruitment. His recent record and the fact he has experience of working with our manager speaks for itself. Celtic must look to bring him in to front our new recruitment team.