EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Top talent spotter Mick Doherty has joined Celtic on a permanent deal, Football Insider can reveal.
The former Everton, Chelsea and Sunderland recruitment chief has joined the Scottish giants as first team international and UK scout.
Football Insider revealed yesterday (Friday) that Doherty was in advanced talks to link up with Celtic after quitting the Black Cats following their relegation from the Premier League.
Doherty has now agreed terms with the Scottish treble winners and updated his LinkedIn profile with details of his new appointment.
Celtic head of recruitment Lee Congerton has masterminded a move for Doherty, whose CV includes two spells at Everton and five years at Chelsea.
Congerton was appointed by the Scottish champions in March with the brief of managing the club’s recruitment and scouting operation, including their network of overseas spies.
He has targeted Doherty due to his excellent track record during a scouting career in which he has unearthed Wayne Rooney as well as the likes of Seamus Coleman and Shkodran Mustafi.
Doherty was brought in by David Moyes at Sunderland last August following their lengthy association at Everton, but decided to quit after carrying on for a time following the manager’s exit.
Doherty will now be responsible for unearthing players for the Celtic first team.
In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops are in advanced talks to sign a big name with a glittering track record in the Premier League.