Speaking to Football Insider, BBC Radio Leeds pundit Noel Whelan has tipped Celtic recruitment chief Nick Hammond for the axe this summer – coming as a development emerges suggesting that he is facing the ‘major threat‘ of being let go by the Hoops board.
Hammond, who oversaw the summer signings of Shane Duffy, Albian Ajeti and Vasilis Barkas, who have all arguably failed to make the desired impact at Celtic Park, is now attracting scrutiny from within the club according to another report by Football Insider – who claim he is now under ‘major threat‘ of removal.
Indeed, the Hoops chief of transfers is apparently in real danger of losing his position – with Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond allegedly plotting a boardroom reshuffle.
Whelan drops claim as ‘major threat’ for Hammond emerges
Reacting to this development, BBC regular Whelan has agreed with this potential decision by Desmond, going on to say that big changes are needed behind the scenes when it comes to transfers.
Whelan also claimed he is ‘hearing’ many players wanted out of Glasgow at the beginning of the season, potentially highlighting the hasty nature surrounding some of Hammond’s decisions on incoming names.
When asked if Celtic needed a change in their transfer policy, he explained to Football Insider.
“Absolutely, especially when you look at the way they’ve gone about things previously, they’ve been very successful,” Whelan said.
This year, it’s just not happened, the process hasn’t been good, the players haven’t been good enough, they’ve not settled in and I think, just look at the points gap, that says it all.
“I think the fact that they’ve never had a steady backline, there’s been too many changes. I’m hearing too many players wanting out of the football club to begin with as well, at the beginning the season.
“So yeah, I think there needs to be a lot of changes at Celtic and especially recruitment, it’s not been good enough for a club of their size.”
Transfer Tavern take
As unrest continues surrounding the accused dissatisfactory ownership of the SPFL giants, it remains to be seen whether Desmond does axe Hammond at the end of the season.
With Celtic currently 21 points behind arch rivals Rangers, despite having three games in hand, something does need to change.
In other news: Chris Sutton has had his say amid an ‘absolute disaster’, find out more here.
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