Date: 31st August 2019 at 12:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Jackie McNamara says that Celtic manager Neil Lennon would be appointing a “fantastic” individual in Tommy Johnson after reports linked the former Hoop with a scouting job at Parkhead.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, McNamara says that Johnson has proven his record as a talent spotter during his time in England, having worked for the likes of Stoke City and current employers Nottingham Forest.

National reports claim that Lennon is looking at bringing his former teammate back to Glasgow in a senior role as part of the club’s recruitment team.

McNamara, who played in the same Celtic team as both Lennon and Johnson, says that he is not only a talented scout but a trustworthy individual who would be a great addition to the backroom staff.

McNamara told Football Insider: “Tommy, he’s a fantastic man. You can understand Neil wanting him in. He’s scouted over the last couple of years at Blackburn, Stoke I think and then Nottingham Forest.

“He’s got a good eye for players, he’s one that Neil will trust his judgement as well. Recruitment is important, as we’ve seen over the past few years. When you’re buying players, every player you bring in is a risk and it’s accountability. It’s the manager who carries the can.

“Tommy, he’s a fantastic lad first and foremost, Neil knows very well, as do I, a very trustworthy guy and a good eye for players.” 

Celtic have seen a change in their recruitment team over the summer following the departure of Lee Congerton to Leicester City, Nicky Hammond arriving on a temporary basis to assist Lennon and his transfer team.

Lennon has already confirmed he hopes to see Hammond handed the job permanently, with Johnson potentially joining as part of the new-look side at Parkhead.

In other Celtic news, McNamara has told Football Insider that the club have made a “top-quality” signing that should have the fans delighted.