The Athletic’s Celtic reporter Kieran Devlin has offered a slight insight into the Hoops’ summer signings and it is certainly an interesting point for supporters.
Many hailed Celtic’s summer as one of the most exciting transfer windows the club has had in recent seasons, after the likes of Greg Taylor, Hatem Abd Elhamed, Christopher Jullien, and Mohamed Elyounoussi all arrived at the club.
And the process behind how they were brought in has been revealed to an extent from Devlin, who was responding to a question posed by a fan in a live Q&A on The Athletic as to who was responsible for the summer signings.
Jullien, [Moritz] Bauer, Elyounoussi and [Boli] Bolingoli were long-term targets who’d been scouted before, Elhamed was an agent recommendation. Most of the youngsters brought in, like [Jeremie] Frimpong, were brought over the line by Nick Hammond as the temporary (for now) director of football.
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Devlin’s revelation about Celtic’s summer signings certainly offers an interesting insight into the club’s transfer dealings.
The club clearly recognised the need to strengthen in defensive areas given how Jullien, Bauer and Bolingoli were all scouted as long-term targets, with the likes of Dedyrck Boyata, Kieran Tierney and Mikael Lustig all leaving.
Hammond’s work over the summer as the temporary director of football is worth noting as well, as the acquisition of Frimpong looks set to be an excellent piece of business.
Lee O’Connor has also impressed for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21s during the international break, while Jonathan Afolabi has looked promising playing for the Reserves.