CELTIC are preparing to make changes with Nick Hammond streamlining the scouting set-up.

The Hoops’ head of football operations, who took over from Lee Congerton when he left to join ex-boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City last year, is poised to bring in former team-mate Gary Penrice.

Hammond sees the 56-year-old, who has held recruitment posts at Everton and Stoke City in the past, as the ideal choice for the new chief scout’s role.

Penrice was an attacking midfielder in his playing days with Aston Villa, Watford, Queens Park Rangers and Bristol Rovers – where he was a colleague of Hammond – but he has worked in backroom teams since quitting in 2006.

He left Mark Warburton’s Loftus Road side in December after two years as a consultant.

Now Hammond hopes to appoint the highly-rated Penrice as part of his new look behind-the-scenes support staff, as reported in the Scottish Sun.

Former Arsenal analyst Jay Lefevre is ready to take over as head of scouting operations at the champions.

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