Celtic are in a “mess” as Dermot Desmond prepares for a complete overhaul of the recruitment team, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Hoops’ transfer plans will have been “scrapped” as a result of the chief’s plans.

Football Insider revealed head of recruitment Gary Penrice and senior scouts Mick Doherty and John Murphy are set to leave Parkhead this week.

The trio are set to follow former director of football Nick Hammond out the exit door.

The exits come after chief shareholder Desmond demanded a root-and-branch restructure of the recruitment team.

Former Everton scout Penrice was appointed as head of recruitment in April last year.

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However, his first transfer window resulted in several big-money signings that have failed to deliver.

Hutton admitted there is a huge amount of work to be done if Celtic are to be competitive next season.

However, he insisted the mass changes would leave the Bhoys playing catch up this summer.

“Normally a team at this time of the season has already planned for next season,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge. 

“You’ve got who you want to keep, who you think is going to leave, your targets. This is all done by now. The amount of loan signings that are going back, players that could possibly leave, positions that are under threat IE goalkeeper. There’s so much work to be done.

“Whoever’s going to come in is starting very late and with a big gap to try and close. These guys would have had targets in mind. They would have sat round a table and discussed what positions they need, who’s leaving, who’s coming in.


“That’s all up in the air now. That’s scrapped, they’re leaving so rip that up and let’s start again. They’ve not even appointed anybody else in.

“It’s going to take time to make relationships, understand what the club needs, what they want, and move that forward. It just seems like a bit of a mess at the moment.”

In other news, Celtic handed major boost in manager hunt as deal all but done for landmark hire.