By Alex Stevens
Celtic have appointed experienced Premier League executive Lee Congerton as their new transfer guru, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
The Scottish giants announced on their official website that Congerton has joined the club as their head of recruitment.
The former Sunderland and Hamburg technical director, who was also head of scouting at Chelsea for seven years, will oversee Celtic’s player recruitment as they aim to continue their stranglehold of Scottish football and also make an impact in Europe.
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In a statement Celtic explained that Congerton will be responsible for management of the club’s recruitment and scouting operation, including their network of overseas spies.
The 43-year-old Welshman has been appointed following what the Scottish Premiership runaway leaders claim has been an extensive and through process.
Congerton has an impressive CV after retiring from football in his 20s due to injury, Congerton held coaching positions at the Welsh FA and Liverpool before joining Chelsea, where he was given a senior scouting role under then technical director Frank Arnesen.
Congerton followed Arnesen to Hamburg, where he was the technical director, before he returned to England to become sporting director at Sunderland.
At Celtic, Congerton will link up again with Brendan Rodgers after their time together at Chelsea in the mid-2000s.
“In recent years there has been some great work done at the club in the recruitment and development of some high-quality playing talent. I am really looking forward to adding my experience in this area and ensuring that we continue this high level of achievement,” Congerton said to the Celtic website.
“I know Brendan well, I know how he works and the quality he aims for. I am really looking forward to working with him again and Peter [Lawwell] to ensure that we continue to bring the very best to Celtic and give our fans players and a team they will be proud of.”
In other Celtic news, the club are to secure a bumper agreement within days.