Date: 23rd June 2019 at 8:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Celtic’s appointment of Nick Hammond could be a trial period for the club as they look to source a long-term director of football, according to Jackie McNamara.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Bhoys and Scotland ace suggested that Hammond’s arrival at Parkhead will be to help fix their recruitment in the short-term and that there is no guarantee he will be there beyond the summer.

The Hoops confirmed Hammond’s arrival via their official website, stating that the appointment is initially for the summer transfer window with their former director of football Lee Congerton having left for Leicester City.

McNamara insisted that recruitment was crucial at Celtic heading into next season and that he was hoping the new senior figure could have an immediate impact which could result in him taking the position long-term.

He told Football Insider: “Hopefully he’ll have a big impact. Obviously, we do need players in, they need players in quick. Neil will still be looking for a few players in key positions to strengthen and he’ll (Hammond) be trying to help with that as soon as he can.

“They’ll have targets that they’ll have identified months ago that he knows about and can get over the line.”

Asked if Celtic would still be looking for a long-term appointment, he said: “It depends if he’s just doing it for the summer to help or it’s a trial period. We’ll not know until the summer’s over, see what job they’ve done. I think they’ll look at it from both sides. They’ve got a short-term fix before the league gets going.

“Maybe they’ll wait until the window closed and they can evaluate everything with him and see what they need to move forward with.”

Celtic will be pushing for their ninth consecutive league title after the summer and look set to make their first signing in the shape of David Turnbull, Neil Lennon confirming that a deal was on the brink of being completed.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the Hoops are chasing a Scotland international to add to their squad this summer.