Report: Nick Hammond and Gary Penrice set to leave Celtic at the end of the season

By John McGinley

March 1, 2021

Behind-the-scenes Celtic duo Nick Hammond and Gary Penrice are both set to leave the club at the end of the season, website Football Insider has reported.

A Celtic source has told the outlet that Hammond’s position is under “major threat” and that Penrice’s job is “hanging by a thread”.

Hammond has been working as the club’s Head of Football Operations while Penrice has acted as chief scout.

The report won’t come as much of a surprise to Celtic supporters given the problems with recruitment over the last 14 months or so.

A number of players have arrived at Celtic Park below the required standard or simply haven’t been able to adapt to life at Lennoxtown.

Major deals for Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti have so far failed to show an adequate return, while the loan move for Shane Duffy has been shambolic.

Celtic need a fresh start away from Hammond and Penrice

Like all things at Celtic recently, our issues this season are likely not as a result of one or two people, but a fresh start is needed.

Hammond arrived at the club as a consultant in 2019 before conducting a review of our recruitment processes. Penrice would then be appointed as the club’s senior scout in April of last year.

Celtic Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond / (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Any new sporting director coming into the club has to have the authority to bring in their own people and create their own roles in various different departments.

It doesn’t make sense for someone with Hammond’s responsibilities to remain at Celtic Park.

Hopefully this is all in service of bringing in a truly progressive, modern forward-thinking football mind to enact serious change at Lennoxtown.

In other news, Paul Lambert has been asked about the Celtic job after leaving Ipswich.