CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers has branded the champions’ new Head of Recruitment Lee Congerton the best in the business.

The 43-year-old Welshman has replaced John Park at the Parkhead club after previously working with the Hoops gaffer at Chelsea.

After last night’s appointment, Rodgers said: “It is great news that we have been able to bring someone of Lee’s calibre to Celtic.

“He brings knowledge, experience and excellence to such an important area of our work and I know he will add real value to the club.

“We will always strive to be the best in everything we do and, in Lee, we have brought the best to Celtic.”

Congerton’s coaching career began at Wrexham after injury brought a premature end to his playing days at Crewe.

In 2002, he moved on to Liverpool where he worked in the Anfield club’s famous academy.

He left there for Chelsea in 2005 before joining Bundesliga outfit SVHamburg as technical director alongside former Stamford Bridge colleague Frank Arnesen in 2011.

Congerton took on the same role at Sunderland in 2014, but that job lasted just 18 months, ending after the departure of Dick Advocaat and the arrival of Sam Allardyce.

The new Bhoy said: “I know Brendan well. I know how he works and the quality he aims for.

“I am really looking forward to working with him again and Peter Lawwell to ensure that we continue to bring the very best to Celtic and give our fans and players a team they will be proud of.

“It is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started in making my contribution to such a fantastic institution.

“In recent years there has been some great work done at the club in the recruitment and development of some high-quality playing talent.

“I am really looking forward to adding my experience in this area and ensuring that we continue this high level of achievement.”

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