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Frank McAvennie has tipped Celtic recruitment chief Nick Hammond to follow Neil Lennon out the exit door.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, slammed the club’s “terrible” recruitment over the past two seasons and suggested Hammond, 53, should pay the price for it.

Hammond was appointed in October 2019 to help review the club’s recruitment policy and assist in the identification and acquisition of future targets.

Since his arrival, the Hoops have signed Patryk Kilmala, Vasilis Barkas, Albian Ajeti, David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro on permanent deals, while Shane Duffy, Diego Laxalt and Jonjoe Kenny have joined on loan.

McAvennie believes the recruitment has been inexcusable.

“The recruitment has been terrible, absolutely terrible,” he told Football Insider.

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“We have players now sat on big money in Klimala, Ajeti, Barkas and Duffy. Yes, Duffy can go back but as for the rest of them, I just do not get it.

“Who in God’s name brought them in? It was big money as well. How can somebody suggest we would make money on these £5million players. It is never going to happen.

“I think Hammond will be following Lenny out the door.” 

Celtic announced on Wednesday morning that Lennon had resigned, with the club 18 points behind Glasgow rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.

It set set to be a summer of great change at Parkhead with chief executive Peter Lawwell stepping down at the end of the season.

In other news, Alan Hutton names the Celtic player who was wasted by Neil Lennon.