The former Reading and West Bromwich Albion chief could join Celtic after a year out of work.
Celtic want to hire the former West Bromwich Albion and Reading technical director, Nicky Hammond, according to The Sun.
The newspaper claims Hammond is being lined up to succeed the departed Celtic director of football, Lee Congerton, and ‘find their future signings’.
But which former players could the one-time Arsenal goalkeeper try to bring with him to Celtic Park? Here’s three who may be considered…
Danny Williams (Unattached)
Hammond helped to facilitate Williams’ 2013 transfer from Hoffenheim to Reading and could sign him for free this summer, after the American’s release by Huddersfield Town. Williams was injured for much of his Terriers career, but excelled for Reading and plays in a position (central midfield) in which Celtic are expected to strengthen this summer, having been linked with Bolton’s Luca Conell and West Brom’s Rekeem Harper.
Oliver Burke (West Brom)
Burke’s West Brom failure was cited as one of the reasons for Hammond losing his job, having spent a reported £13.7 million on the winger (Transfermarkt), who ended last season on loan at Celtic. And a successful return to Celtic Park for Burke could help to restore Hammond’s reputation. The Bhoys remain short in the Scotland international’s position.
Shane Long (Southampton)
Arguably Hammond’s greatest success of all, Hammond is paid a reported £68,000 for Long and sold him on for £4.5 million (Transfermarkt). Now 32, the Republic of Ireland striker recently entered the final year of his Southampton contract, which is said to be worth £60,000-a-week (Spotrac). At times last season, a player like Long would have been very useful to Celtic.