By Frank McAvennie

9th Dec, 2020 | 12:35pm

'What The Hell?...Terrible' - Exclusive: McAvennie slaughters Celtic man over £9m

Frank McAvennie has slammed Celtic recruitment chief Nick Hammond for the club’s “awful” signings over the past 12 months.   

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said the club’s “terrible” recruitment has to take part of the blame for the recent slump in form.

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

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

McAvennie insisted the players that have been brought in have not bettered the team.

“You have to look at the recruitment at Celtic,” he told Football Insider.

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“We are blaming the players and blaming the manager but you have to look at the recruitment. It has been terrible. It has been just awful.

“There is a combination of things at Celtic and it is not just the manager.

“The boy Hammond, I mean what the hell has he brought in that has bettered the team? I look at Ajeti and Klimala and I go, ‘They are not better than what we have got.’ They cost £9million between them and it was £4.5million for the goalkeeper.

“It is not right. Money has been spent, it just has not been spent right.

“It is not Lawwell, I think it is Hammond putting it to him. I do not get it. There is a cluster of problems.”

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