By Alex McLeish

24th Jan, 2021 | 8:00am

Pundit Exclusive: Desmond told to copy Rangers as Celtic shake-up revealed

Nicky Hammond deserves to be under threat of losing his job as director of football at Celtic – recruitment has not been up to standard of Rangers.

That is according to former Rangers and Scotland manager Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 53-year-old deserved to be held to scrutiny like any other position in a football club.

As revealed by Football InsiderHammond’s role as director of football is under “major threat” as chief shareholder Dermot Desmond plots a major boardroom shakeup this summer.

The former Reading and West Brom figure was appointed into his current position back in 2019 and has overseen the club’s recruitment since.

However, the likes of Shane Duffy, Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti have all struggled for form since the Hoops splashed the cash on their captures.

McLeish has admitted he sympathisers with the Celtic man but insisted it is clear Rangers have been more successful with their recruitment and that the Bhoys are paying the price.

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“Nicky Hammond is the same as any other manager and coach in the game, he’s under scrutiny,” McLeish told Football Insider.

“I know Nicky Hammond and I’m the same – through the years you think things: ‘Argh, it’s not fair, it’s not my fault, blah, blah, blah.’ You tend to look for other things to blame but the bottom line is results. That is the same for managers, coaches and recruitment guys, analysts, whatever.

“When they come they might say: ‘Well I’m brilliant with a computer,’ but you have to be absolutely brilliant in terms of the product that it ends up leaving.

“Some of the new recruits may be finding it a bit tough to settle and that of course has been a problem for Celtic. Perhaps, the guys that they’ve recruited haven’t reached the Celtic standards as you would want a club like that to be functioning.

“When you come to Rangers or Celtic, you’ve got to hit the ground running.

“Rangers’ recruitment this season has been better than it has over the past couple of seasons, by adding, quite simply, a couple of pretty good strikers, which is something I felt was needed last year when Morelos was out of the team. Rangers have rectified that.”

In other news, Celtic may sign successor for Scott Brown this week, according to Football Insider pundit.