By Harvey Byrne
Celtic announced on Friday that John Park had left his position of head of football development at the club – and Hoops fans took to Twitter to speculate about the reason for his exit.
Park initially joined the club in 2007, but the club announced on the official club website on Friday afternoon that the staff member of nine years would leave the Scottish giants to “move on to new challenges.”
The experienced talent scout is credited as the man who helped bring Victor Wanyama to the club for £1million in 2011, who has since enjoyed spells at Southampton and Tottenham in the Premier League.
With Park’s departure, it has now caused fans on social media to speculate the way in which Brendan Rodgers is looking to run the club.
However, others paid tribute to their long-serving member at the club.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Interesting development with pseudo-Director of Football John Park leaving the club.
Appears BR has more power than any gaffer since MON
— Celtic F1rst (@CelticF1rst) October 14, 2016
John Park did a lot of great work at #Celtic but I'm reminded of the fact that for every great signing we also signed about 10 haddies.
— Brian (@Brydo89) October 14, 2016
Mind the rumours going about John Park was telling Lennon how to play Celtic players!
— Jawngle Bellz (@jawndecay) October 14, 2016
John Park leaves Celtic, rumoured that top brass not happy about young Dembele pushed into limelight and playing development football.
— Stew [Redacted]🍀 (@exiled_bhoy) October 14, 2016
@celticfc We'll be lucky to get another scout that will bring in 3 players for a £30m profit. Good luck to John Park.
— KJG71 (@ngokoko123) October 14, 2016
Celtic are currently sat at the top of the Scottish Premier League with 19 points from their opening seven fixtures.
They are pushing for their sixth consecutive league title, but the return of fierce rivals Rangers may make their job more difficult than usual.
The Hoops will host Motherwell on Saturday before a Champions League clash against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are considering sending youngster Kristoffer Ajer on loan in January.