Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has explained the club’s decision to appoint Nick Hammond as the head of football operations, as quoted on BBC Sport.

Hammond, a former Reading director of football and West Bromwich Albion technical director, was appointed as a recruitment consultant by Celtic in June.

He was brought to Celtic Park as a replacement for then head of recruitment Lee Congerton’s departure to Leicester City in the Premier League.

According to BBC Sport, Hammon played a key role in Celtic signing Christopher Jullien and Fraser Forster in the summer transfer window.

BBC Sport quotes Lawwell as saying about Hammond: “This is a hugely important role. And in Nick we have appointed a man who we know will deliver excellent results. His wealth of knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to Celtic going forward.”

Title challenge

Celtic have the strongest squad in Europe, but the Glasgow giants are behind bitter Old Firm rivals Rangers in second place in the Scottish Premiership table at the moment.

The Hoops are likely to be busy in the January transfer window and could make signings, and Hammond will have to show what he is capable of by bringing in the players to ascertain that the Hoops win the league title for the ninth season in a row.

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