Three players Nicky Hammond could target if he's made Celtic director of football

May 28th 2017, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland;  Celtic FC Charity Foundation Match; Henriks Heroes versus Lubos Legends; Celtic Park General View

The former Reading and West Bromwich Albion chief could join Celtic after a year out of work.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Richard Garlick (Director of Football Administration of West Bromwich Albion) Nacer Chadli and Nick Hammond (Technical Director of West Bromwich Albion) as Nacer...

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.

Danny Williams of Huddersfield Town and James Ward-Prowse of Southampton battle for possession during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Southampton at John Smith's...

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.

Oliver Burke of Celtic in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and St Mirren at Celtic Park on January 23, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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.

Shane Long of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Leicester City at St Mary's Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

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