Celtic could be about to make a significant appointment at the club with the news that recruitment chief Nick Hammond is likely to be offered a permanent position.
The Scottish Sun reported that the club are set to appoint the 52-year-old as their full-time head of recruitment, with him working on a temporary basis since June after predecessor Lee Congerton left the club to rejoin Brendan Rodgers at Leicester.
According to The Scottish Sun, Hammond has won the approval of chief executive Peter Lawwell, with both parties set to sign an agreement on a permanent position this week.
Celtic had a very busy summer in the transfer market, with 11 players coming to the club under Hammond’s watch during the transfer window.
Those deals ranged from seven-figure acquisitions such as Christopher Jullien (£7m, BBC), Boli Bolingoli (£3m, The Scottish Sun) and Hatem Abd Elhamed (£1.6m, The Scottish Sun) to free transfers for Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi and the loan arrivals of Fraser Forster, Moritz Bauer and Mohamed Elyounoussi.
While Celtic missed out on deals for the likes of Victor Wanyama during the transfer window, they were able to hang on to several players who had attracted interest from elsewhere, including Odsonne Edouard (L’Equipe, via Sport Witness), Kristoffer Ajer (Football Scotland) and James Forrest (The Scottish Sun).
Of the 11 players who came to the club during the summer transfer window, three have made 10 appearances or more from the first 20 games of the season, while four are awaiting their senior debut for the club.
Jullien and Bolingoli have managed to nail down regular starts in defence, while Forster has become first choice goalkeeper and Elyounoussi already has a goal and two assists to his name after just five appearances.
Celtic can take plenty of positives from their summer transfer activity, with several new signings in Hammond’s tenure at the club making an early impact.
Youngsters like Afolabi, Connell, Lee O’Connor and Jeremie Frimpong have likely been brought in with an eye for the future and to add squad depth if resources become stretched, with their sparse involvement suggesting that they won’t feature much this season.
Celtic have managed to flesh out their squad nicely over the summer with a mixture of ready-made first team players and young prospects, so Hammond has merited the full-time role he looks set to be given,
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