By Alex Stevens
Lee Congerton has revealed he rejected other offers to become the new Celtic transfer guru.
The Scottish giants trumpeted the arrival of Congerton this week on their official website as their head of recruitment in succession to John Park.
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— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) March 15, 2017
The 43-year-old Welshman arrives at Parkhead with an impressive CV after senior recruitment roles at Chelsea, Liverpool, Hamburg and Sunderland and a proven record at bringing in players in the Premier League.
Congerton will renew his association with manager Brendan Rodgers after their lengthy spell together at Stamford Bridge, where the duo formed a close bond.
Congerton is aware that his brief, to talent spot the potential stars for Rodgers and his staff, is a taxing one given the financial limitations of Celtic compared to their rivals for the Champions League group stages.
“It’s extremely difficult but we all love a challenge,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “It would have been a lot easier for me to go somewhere else because I had other opportunities.
“But I am motivated because of that challenge and to work with Brendan again. I’m looking forward to this and feel as though I can make a contribution.”
Congerton, who will be responsible for management of Celtic’s recruitment and scouting operation, has been appointed following what the Scottish Premiership runaway leaders claim has been an extensive and thorough process.
Celtic are preparing for Sunday’s top flight clash away to Dundee as they aim to extend their mammoth 25-point lead.