CELTIC are compiling a short list of candidates for their new post of Sporting Director.

Juventus first team scout Matteo Tognozzi has been added to the mix for the role which is part of a backroom revamp at the champions.

David Webb, the former Bournemouth and Huddersfield recruitment chief, is also in line to be considered for the newly-created job while Manchester City’s Loan and Pathways manager Fergal Harkin – a former Nike executive well known to the Hoops hierarchy – has also been linked with the role, as CQN reported over a week ago.

The Parkhead club, who are faltering in their historic quest for 10 successive titles, have engaged executive headhunters Nolan Partners to assemble a shortlist of candidates for interview, according to the Daily Mail.

Celtic are planning an overhaul of football operations when Peter Lawwell retires from his chief executive role in June after 18 years in the post. Scottish Rugby chief Dominic McKay will take over.

As part of the new-look, the team who sealed the phenomenal quadruple treble in December last year are also seeking a Director of Football figure to carry out massive reconstruction off the field from top to bottom.

Juve talent spotter Tognozzi worked as a sporting director in Italy’s lower leagues with Rosignano and Pontedera before moving to Russia to scout for Zenit St Petersburg. He then switched to Germany to work with Bayer Leverkusen and SV Hamburg before returning to his homeland to take up a senior role with the Turin giants.

Webb held a key recruitment role at Swedish side Ostersunds, Huddersfield and Spurs as well as the south coast club.


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