Alex McLeish has admitted Celtic need to sign “three or four bargains” to help cover a potential “exodus” this summer.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Hoops needed someone like former Parkhead chief John Park to unearth talented players for a good price.
As revealed by Football Insider last month, Celtic are close to appointing Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin as their new director of football.
This site detailed in March a deal for the Irishman was “90 per cent” done and that has progressed in recent weeks.
It is understood a raft of analysts and recruitment experts could follow Harkin to Parkhead.
Former head of football operations Nick Hammond left his post at Celtic earlier this year.
However, with fans absent this season, finances have been hit hard by the pandemic.
As a result, McLeish admitted the recruitment team would have to work hard to find value for money signings.
“It could be the absolute wrong time to be getting a new slate, getting the slate clean, purchasing a lot of new players,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“I guess if there’s an exodus, then a lot of the Celtic players will be worth a few bob too. However, to bring (players) in now is probably going to cost a lot.
“Where do you get the bargains nowadays? That’s down to the recruitment guys, can they bring in three or four bargains?
“I remember I had John Park with me back in the day. John worked with me and he was superb. At Celtic he brought in (Virgil) van Dijk and a few other crackers.
“That’s the kind of person they need to get these recruitments.”
Park joined Celtic as director of football development back in 2007 but left in 2016.
He is credited for the signings of Virgil van Dijk, Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.
He was appointed Legia Warsaw’s head of international recruitment back in January.