Desmond reportedly planning changes at Celtic; senior figure's position under threat

By David Walton

January 14, 2021

Dermot Desmond is set to make some big summer changes at Celtic, according to a report from Football Insider.

The outlet claims that one of the men who’s position is under real threat is Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond. The same man who’s been playing a key role in player recruitment alongside Neil Lennon.

Football Insider say that this isn’t the only senior figure whose job is on the line though. They say Desmond is looking to carry out an audit on what’s gone wrong this season, with several key men potentially facing the axe.

There is no mention of any other names in the report. However, the supporters will be extremely keen to see what the future of manager Neil Lennon holds. The same goes for Chief Executive Peter Lawwell, who has come under fire for a woeful “apology” to supporters yesterday.

But Hammond couldn’t have many complaints if this comes to pass. Not one of Celtic’s summer signings have become major players outside of David Turnbull. Diego Laxalt’s form has been up and down, whilst Moi Elyounoussi has flattered to deceive. The Shane Duffy signing has been a disaster, whilst Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti have given us no return on our investments.

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Desmond needs to make a host of changes at Celtic this summer; Hammond isn’t the main issue

It probably doesn’t take a rocket scientist to suggest some higher-ups at Parkhead will lose their jobs. The big guessing game now for supporters is who as well as how many? Because the fact is that Hammond is anything but the main problem.

Recruitment has been a huge issue at Celtic this season. But as bad as it’s been this year, Hammond also found the likes of Turnbull, Ismaila Soro, Christopher Jullien, and Jeremie Frimpong. He’s also clearly highlighted impressive youngsters such as Mark McKenzie and Alfie Doughty that the club have failed to acquire.

Let’s not pretend Hammond is some sort of joke figure that can’t spot a player. He can, and he’s spotted several for Lennon. You can’t just pin the bad investments on him and omit him from praise for the good ones.

Nick Hammond is in charge of the scouting at Celtic / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

One of the major annoyances for Celtic fans is that we all feel we have the best squad in the country. It’s therefore down to your manager to get the best out of that group. That’s on Lennon. The fact we’ve persisted with Neil so often as well as the fact he was appointed in the first place falls on Lawwell.

Desmond himself comes in for major criticism for allowing this all to happen this season. He’s stood by and refused to make the necessary changes at the right time. But forget the idea of the majority shareholder going anywhere.

But seeing Hammond off in the summer will hardly satisfy a furious and betrayed fanbase that’s baying for proper accountability. There are others at the club who have carried out theri jab more disastrously than he has.

In other news, this Liverpool has confessed his Celtic 10-in-a-row hopes to Jamie Carragher.