Hammond Set for Chief Recruitment Role as Turnbull Preparations Step Up

Nick Hammond is expected to be confirmed as Celtic’s Head of Recruitment after impressing during his temporary stint in charge of the club’s transfer business. The former goalkeeper was appointed at the end of June this year by the Treble Treble Winners and the Scottish Sun is suggesting that a formal announcement about the 52-year-old could be expected this week.

The Celtic website at the time praised the new appointment.

“Nick is highly regarded across football having held Director of Football and Technical Director positions at Reading FC and West Bromwich Albion FC respectively.
Nick’s knowledge, expertise and experience will be invaluable as he assists in the Club’s recruitment across the forthcoming period.

The Club has known Nick for some time and we are delighted that he is joining Celtic.”

Celtic were in the market for a Head of Recruitment after Lee Congerton headed south to reunite with Brendan Rodgers at Leicester. Hammond is highly regarded for the work he did at Reading with their academy, making it one of English football’s most successful academies. You can read more about that here.

Meanwhile, Motherwell’s David Turnbull has set the New Year as his target for a return to football as he steps up his preparations.

The Motherwell Assistant Manager, Keith Lasley, spoke to MFC 1886 podcast about the midfielder, who was all but signed by Celtic in the summer but a last minute hitch barred the youngster’s move stalled and a spell out injured due to his hidden knee injury.

“David’s been at the ground every day. He’s had his appointments with the consultants and he’s bang on schedule. He fine and he’s working hard in the gym.”

“We’re not going to rush him, but everyone wants to see him in the team. It’s possible he could return in January.”

And that progress report with be music to the ears of Neil Lennon who will be desperate to complete last summer’s transfer business by signing Turnbull as soon as he is able to pass his medical. A January deal is looking increasingly likely.

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