By Kieran Maguire

22nd Feb, 2021 | 9:32am

Maguire verdict on Celtic signing Euro stars post-Brexit as Tognozzi lined up

Celtic will continue to prioritise the European market for recruitment despite the obstacles caused by Brexit. 

That is according to finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the Mail reported that senior Juventus scout Matteo Tognozzi was being considered for a sporting director’s role at Parkhead.

A complete overhaul is widely expected at Celtic in the summer and a new sporting director would work under the incoming CEO, Dominic McKay.

Tognozzi, who has worked as a scout in Italy, Russia and Germany, is one of several shortlisted names in the mix for the newly-created position.

And Maguire claims that it is smart thinking for Celtic to eye someone capable of navigating the European market now that the UK has left the European Union.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I think they are aware of the post-Brexit market, which is going to be tougher for clubs in Scotland who have historically been able to recruit using freedom of movement.

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“You think about the likes of Dembele, Edouard and so on, Celtic’s model has been to develop those players and then sell them on.

“It’s going to be harder to get those players in so therefore you need someone with a greater experience of the market who can put a case towards the Home Office for players to come to Celtic.

“From a professional point of view, it’s a very logical step. It’s indicative of a club that is adapting to a new environment and new circumstances in which we’re now operating.”

Manchester City loan manager Fergal Harkin is also on the shortlist while ex-Bournemouth recruitment chief David Webb is reported to be interested in the role.

On the pitch, Celtic’s crisis deepened as they fell 18 points behind Rangers after a 1-0 loss to Ross County on Sunday evening.

In other news, Kevin Phillips has his say on Celtic’s pursuit of a Premier League player out of contract in June.