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CONFIRMED: HOOPS BACKROOM CHANGE

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CELTIC’S Head of Recruitment, Lee Congerton, is leaving the champions, the club have announced.

In a statement, the Parkhead outfit said: “Everyone at Celtic would like to thank Lee, who joined the club in March 2017, for his contribution to the club and we wish him the very best for the future.

“The existing staff within Celtic’s scouting and recruitment department will continue to work closely with club management on the identification of players who can benefit the club.

“The club has already commenced the process to appoint a new Head of Recruitment, something which will be completed as soon as possible.”

Congerton, who had worked with former manager Brendan Rodgers at Chelsea, arrived at Celtic in March 2017.

The ex-Stamford Bridge backroom man also had a spell at Sunderland before rejoining the Irishman in Glasgow.

He has been credited with the purchases of French stars Olivier Ntcham and Odsonne Edouard among other in the Rodgers reign.

The Welshman has already been linked with another reunion with the former Parkhead gaffer at Leicester City. Chris Davies and Kolo Toure also followed Rodgers to the Midlands side.

There have been reports former Hoops top talent scout John Park could return to his old role.

He enjoyed a successful spell at Parkhead in the past and he was behind the purchases of Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk.

Celtic are likely to make an announcement of a successor to Congerton in the summer.

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