Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been speaking positively about new recruit Nick Hammond. The Englishman will join the club at the start of July and is expected to take on the role vacated by Lee Congerton.

The need for Celtic to have someone in place is well noted by Lennon. The Northern Irishman reckons that Hammond could be the perfect candidate too.

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“I’ve bumped into Nicky many times at games when he was working at Reading and West Brom”, he told the Daily Mail.

“He’s got great connections and a vast resume of experience at recruitment level. It’s something we needed since Lee (Congerton) left.

 

“He’s been in the building, we had a brief chat and he’s going to start on 1 July. We’ll take it from there but he has great contacts all over the world, having worked at Premier League level.”

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Casting the net wide

It is encouraging to see Lennon talking about Hammond’s wealth of contacts. One of the main criticisms of Congerton during his time at the club was that he seemed to do his business solely in England.

The majority of the transfer targets he chased were playing in English football and that’s not healthy for Celtic. The English market is a heavily inflated one that doesn’t offer Celtic value for money.

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In recent years, we’ve enjoyed enormous success by looking in the likes of France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Those markets offer far better quality at lower prices so it’s important Celtic continue to operate in them.

Under former scout John Park, the club travelled the world to find superstars. The likes of Emilio Izaguirre and Tom Rogic have been successes for the club after coming from the other side of the world. It would be refreshing to see us cast the net wide again.

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