Former Celtic striker Tommy Johnson could return to the club in a scouting role and reunite with manager and former team-mate Neil Lennon.
According to the Scottish Daily Mail [via The Scottish Sun], the club’s scouting system is under review following the Champions League exit to CFR Cluj this month, with Hoops consultant Nicky Hammond undertaking a complete review of player recruitment after ex-Head of Recruitment Lee Congerton departed for Leicester in May.
Newcastle native Johnson was appointed to Nottingham Forest’s scouting staff during ex-Celtic manager Martin O’Neill’s brief tenure at the City Ground earlier this year, as reported by the Nottingham Post, and continues to work for the club.
Forest brought in 12 players during the summer transfer window, with a mixture of ex-Premier League players such as Carl Jenkinson and Sammy Ameobi alongside imports from leagues in Portugal, France and Russia. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Celtic have signed seven players so far in the current transfer window at a total cost of just £11.83m, with £7.2m of that total accounted for by Christopher Jullien’s move from Toulouse. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
The Hoops brought in 13 players last season for a total cost of just over £13m. Odsonne Edouard, whose permanent arrival accounted for £9.27m of that amount, can be deemed a success after scoring 22 goals in 2018/19, the most of any player at the club in that campaign.
Free transfer Scott Bain has also managed to secure frequent first team action with 45 appearances, but forwards Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Marian Shved have made just five appearances for the club between them.
Emilio Izaguirre, Youssouf Mulumbu and Andrew Gutman all left this summer after coming to the club in 2018, while loan signings Jeremy Toljan, Daniel Arzani, Timothy Weah, Oliver Burke and Filip Benkovic played 78 games between them last season.
The failure of so many of last summer’s signings to make a lasting impact at Celtic raises questions about the club’s recruitment over the past couple of years, although Edouard has been a case study in astute headhunting.
With the Hoops missing out on £30m from failing to reach the Champions League group stage, as reported by The Telegraph, the club could need to rely on sourcing intelligent bargains over the next couple of transfer windows.
Nottingham Forest were busy in the market this summer and cast a wide net right across Europe on Johnson’s watch, so his potential appointment as a scout at Celtic seems an intriguing one.
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