Celtic reportedly want Tommy Johnson back at Parkhead.

According to the Scottish Daily Mail (back page, 28/08), Celtic boss Neil Lennon is hoping Tommy Johnson will leave Nottingham Forest for a return to Parkhead.

The Bhoys saw recruitment chief Lee Congerton leave for Leicester City this summer, with Nicky Hammond arriving as a temporary replacement.

Hammond may well land the job permanently, but Celtic are looking to beef up their recruitment staff, and Lennon wants a former Bhoys man back at Parkhead.

It’s claimed that Celtic are targeting Nottingham Forest’s head of scouting Johnson, and hope that he will quit his post at the City Ground for a return to Celtic.

Johnson, 48, joined Celtic from Aston Villa in 1997, spending four years with the club as a player and featured alongside now-Celtic boss Lennon then.

Johnson has only been in the job since April, as Martin O’Neill – who managed Lennon and Johnson at Celtic – brought him in, but O’Neill’s summer exit may just tempt Johnson into leaving.

The report also notes that Celtic are targeting three late signings before the transfer deadline, with a right back, left back and winger wanted by Lennon.

Johnson would likely arrive after the deadline, but would be able to help preparation for the January transfer window and ultimately aid Celtic’s recruitment moving forward after a difficult summer.

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