Former Aston Villa and Tottenham defender Alan Hutton has been talking about Celtic and emphasising the pressure on the shoulders of both the club and their new chief scout.
The club are currently having an overhaul of recruitment, and Gary Penrice is the man hotly tipped to be taking over as Chief Scout in the near future, via The Daily Mail.
Penrice has a good history in this role, as he has worked with Premier League sides Leicester City and Everton as a scout and a consultant in the past.
He had a good career on the pitch playing for both Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa, per Transfermarkt.
When speaking to Football Insider about the possible appointment, Hutton said: “There is pressure. Every year they are playing in Europe and there is a massive demand from within the club for success.
“It is a huge job and if you look at Celtic’s recruitment over the last few years it has been brilliant. It is a tough job to take and there will be big pressure.
“To step into that job will not be an easy task but he has got a lot of experience so I am sure he will know who he wants and he will be looking at targets. He will have a good idea but there is pressure definitely.”
It is hard to disagree with the defender here, Celtic are currently on course to win their ninth title in a row, via BBC Sport, and their recent signings have been a huge part of their success.
19 year-old Jeremie Frimpong, who arrived from Manchester City in the summer for only £342,000, per Transfermarkt, has had an impressive debut campaign. The right-back has featured 22 times, keeping eight clean sheets whilst also scoring twice and providing four assists, and is one of the nominees for the club’s Player of the Year.
Meanwhile 22 year-old striker Odsonne Eduoard made a permanent move in the summer of 2018 after an enjoyable loan spell at the club, per Transfermarkt, and has scored 60 times whilst providing 31 assists in 126 appearances, and this season has 21 goals in 27 league outings.
These are just two examples of the successful past recruitment at the club, and that puts a lot of pressure on Penrice’s shoulders, but if he can continue finding great acquisitions like some found in the past, then he will quickly become a fan favourite.
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