Former Celt Tommy Johnson Linked With Head Of Recruitment Role

Former Celtic striker Tommy Johnson has been linked with the vacant Head of Recruitment role at Aberdeen. The Englishman enjoyed a productive few years at Paradise, serving as fantastic back up to the likes of Henrik Larsson, Mark Viduka and Chris Sutton. Upon retiring from playing the game, Johnson went into coaching with Notts County in 2007 and parted company with the club in 2010. A short absence from football followed before he coached Northern Ireland’s U23s, scouted for Cardiff City and eventually became Blackpool’s Head of Recruitment in 2019.

Aberdeen have been restructuring their club somewhat this summer. Stephen Glass has taken over as Manager and he is joined by Celtic legend Scott Brown, who assumes player/coach responsibilities, whilst Steven Gunn has been promoted to the Director of Football role. Alongside those developments, the Aberdeen Evening Express has suggested that Tommy Johnson has emerged as frontrunner to replace Russ Richardson in the Head of Recruitment role within the new structure at Pittodrie.

As well as playing for a treble winning Celtic team, Johnson has played for Kilmarnock so he has a good understanding of the Scottish game. Outside of the SPFL (formerly SPL), he has won trophies with Aston Villa and has also plied his trade with the likes of Derby County, Everton and Sheffield Wednesday. A man with vast experience, he could be a shrewd appointment for the Dons.


About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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