Welcome to Celtic,Nick
Yesterday saw our club of choice pick up a free agent who was previously on a short term contract. We didn’t know it was a trial period at the time but Nicky Hammond has passed the test and signed up for the good ship Celtica as the fancy new Head of Football Operations.
I’m all for getting players in on try before you buy deals but we have taken this a step further and are now having a butchers at back of house staff before biting the bullet. Whether thats because this is intended to be a weighty position that absolutely needed that nailed on right man we can only hope and speculate but the fact is after jumping on in the summer he gets the nod and the newly created position.
He was announced on a Wednesday. Hump day is a strange choice and I’m sure most of us have a vision of being unveiled at 5pm on a Friday evening to rapturous applause after a tense week of negotiations but not our new bhoy. No, a wee sneaky announcement on the website around noon and as little fanfair as possible. Fair enough. Pizazz has its occasions and this one wasn’t to be.
Aunty Beeb’s article on the fellows appointment sheds a little light on the club’s processes and thinking that lead to this appointment.
However in typical Celtic fashion the article also throws up some questions when noting some of the phrases used.
“ Pivotal to the clubs transfer dealings this summer “ is stated above which must raise an eyebrow.
Firstly if a brand new chap was pivotal , it begs the question what was going on before him ?
Many signings seemed our typical stereotype from the usual places,,what new was needed ?
And what did he bring to the table if he was really needed to help deliver what many would say was a good ( not great or excellent ) transfer window that could have done with some in sooner tbh. Can’tsay we have stepped a level on the buying front .
A bit of a damning indictment imo and surprised it made the cut.
Then we find “ ready to implement the findings of his review into the club’s recruitment and scouting strategy “ !
So this bhoy had time to be pivotal in the signings and take an in depth analysis of our buying side presenting an impressive document into the later . Impressive enough to get him the job and therefore we can assume his vision is an improvement on our former protocol (or why hire him).
Again I’m surprised this has passed muster as it’s a mild rebuke but a bit of honesty always helps.
How much scope the man will have is the key here and we can only hope that Peter’s “ It’s a hugely important role “ is correct.
It’sa strange job title given that he will be setting up scouting systems and recommending new recruitment standards.
It’s not a Director of Football role by any means given at what was hinted at above but anyone hearing Head of Football Operations would be forgiven if they perceived the titles as having semi similar roles.
Head of Recruitment seems more apt going on the info we know.
The scouting could do with a “ Thank the Lord “ revamp / kickstart that is worthy of the name as any fan worth their salt knows.
This is really overdue and correctly investing the right time and money now into it should pay big dividends some day .
If this chap is able to put together a valid producing scouting network he is everything many of us have been crying out for and will be the best acquisition of the year (sorry Fraser).
However we as fans do have a new name to point at it must be acknowledged.
There has been the what seems eternal debate about who buys the players Peter or Neil and now those waters will get muddied further still with this addition.
We can only wait and see how it plays out. The fact the trio seem happy to work together is of course a bonus and Nicky admits he is moving to Glasgow , not just a rolling stone freelancer on the blower sometimes.
Pressure and strong opinions are part and parcel of the modern day game at the top level and Nick may have to defend himself to the scrutinising masses one day as a big part of the football operation but I like to think we are a bit better than other fans and not super judgemental whether thats wrong or right.
I also like to think he wouldn’t have jumped aboard if that weren’t true.
So a very big welcome,Nick. Welcome to the family. Find us some crackers lad !
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