The Celtic exodus will intensify this week with the exits of three senior members of their recruitment team, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site broke the news last month that head of recruitment Gary Penrice is set to follow Nick Hammond in departing the club.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Penrice will be joined through the exit door by first team scout Mick Doherty and John Murphy.

The three talent spotters are expected to leave Celtic this week as they pay the price for a calamitous campaign that reached a new low with Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat to Rangers.

Hoops powerbroker Dermot Desmond has demanded a root-and-branch overhaul of the club’s recruitment department following a series of flop signings in recent seasons.

Former Everton scout Penrice was brought in last year to work under Hammond, who was appointed director of football operations in October 2019 after working as a consultant for Celtic during the previous summer transfer window.

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But most of the major signings have flopped badly this season, especially the summer-of-2020 headline arrivals Duffy, Albian Ajeti and Vasilios Barkas.

Doherty and Murphy are both based in the Merseyside area and their remits have included the UK and overseas.

Doherty has been at Celtic since 2017 and has previously been credited with unearthing Wayne Rooney, as well as the likes of Seamus Coleman and Shkodran Mustafi.

Penrice was appointed head of recruitment at Celtic in April of last year.

It was a position previously filled at the club by Lee Congerton, before he left to re-join Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City.

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