Mark Lawwell could have helped Celtic seal star signing already - pundit
Alex McLeish has claimed new Celtic hire Mark Lawwell may have already had a big impact on transfers at Parkhead.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss suggested Ange Postecoglou will have called upon Lawwell both last summer and ahead of the January window for “assistance” over new signings.
Celtic confirmed on Monday (2 May) that Lawwell, son of former Celtic chief executive Peter, has joined as the club’s head of first-team recruitment and scouting.
He left his post as City Football Group’s head of scouting and recruitment to move to Parkhead.
Postecoglou revealed he and Lawwell “worked closely” together during the manager’s time at Yokohama F. Marinos, who are part of the City Football Group.
McLeish suggested the Hoops boss may have consulted with the new hire over signings before he was on the Bhoys’ payroll.
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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Now that you that transaction going through, of Mark joining the backroom staff, it makes me think that they’ve had dialogue even since Postecoglou’s come to Celtic.
“Regardless of Postecoglou’s knowledge about players abroad and that part of the world, who he’s brought in, I was thinking they were Postecoglou’s choices.
“But maybe he’s has assistance from Mark Lawwell already?
“It would surely have come from the manager’s approval for Mark Lawwell to come in there.
“Working at Yokohama, that’s what makes me think he would already have been in dialogue with Mark. On phone calls when Mark wasn’t on Celtic’s payroll.
“I’m sure that Postecoglou chose a lot of those players themselves with a bit of help from others over in those countries. Those with the knowledge of those players in those countries.”