PETER Lawwell, the Celtic chief executive, last night expressed confidence the Parkhead club will continue to enjoy success in the transfer market after appointing Lee Congerton as their new head of recruitment.
Congerton, a former head of scouting at Chelsea, technical director at Hamburg and sporting director at Sunderland, has been brought in to oversee player acquisitions at the Scottish champions.
The one-time semi-professional footballer from Wales effectively replaces John Park, who left his position as head of football development at the Glasgow club after nine years back in October.
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Park is widely credited as being the man who brought Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama to Scotland – players who Celtic were able to sell for multi-million pound transfer fees after getting years of exceptional service out of.
Lawwell believes the addition of Congerton, who will have responsibility for Celtic’s international scouting network, to the football department will ensure that their impressive track record in that important area continues.
“Player recruitment is such a crucial function of the club and we are delighted to welcome Lee to Celtic to oversee this area,” he told the official Celtic website. “We are always looking to develop further, to drive the club forward and ensure that we continue our success in this area and deliver the best players we can to our supporters.”
Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager, welcomed the arrival of Congerton, who has held coaching positions with Liverpool and the Welsh FA in the past, at Parkhead.
“It is great news that we have been able to bring someone of Lee’s calibre to Celtic,” he said. “He brings knowledge, experience and excellence to such an important area of our work and I know he will add real value to the club. We will always strive to be the best and in Lee, we have brought the best to Celtic.”
Congerton believes his experience of working with Rodgers during his time in charge at Anfield will prove beneficial to him in his new position. “I know Brendan well, I know how he works and the quality he aims for. I am really looking forward to working with him again to ensure that we continue to bring the very best to Celtic and give our fans players and a team they will be proud of.”