Celtic may be offered top talent thanks to Lawwell - McLeish

By Alex McLeish

7th May, 2022 | 10:00am

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Alex McLeish has suggested Celtic could be offered exciting young talent to sign after Mark Lawwell’s arrival on the recruitment team.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Bhoys could follow in Liverpool’s footsteps by building “good relationships” with other clubs without being officially affiliated.

Celtic announced Lawwell’s appointment as their new head of first team scouting and recruitment on Monday (2 May).

He has joined the Bhoys from his post of head of scouting and recruitment for the City Football Group.

McLeish insisted Lawwell’s connections could prove to be a “great asset” for the Hoops.

He suggested other clubs could now offer up players for Celtic to sign on loan.

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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think it’s a great asset.

“We were speaking about Liverpool and Diaz and the fact it was never in the newspapers. They’ll do their work behind closed doors and they have relationships with teams.

“I read an article that Klopp’s team were liaising with Porto already and they had a good relationship.

“That’s exactly what the City group has, there will be a big relationship between all those clubs and the group itself.

“So I’m sure it would be professional of them to be saying: ‘Listen, we’ve got a player that’s not quite ready for us to come to you. Have a look and we’ll see.’

“I’m sure they’ll flag them up for each other, it’s kind of a modern-day trend. Chelsea have had all these links as well with teams abroad.”

Lawwell is the son of former Celtic chief Peter Lawwell.

The senior of the pair stood down from his chief executive role at Parkhead last summer.

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