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LENNON ADMITS MAJOR CHANGES

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NEIL LENNON has revealed Celtic are undergoing a major revamp of their scouting and recruitment system.

The Hoops boss has spent £12million in bringing in four new players – Christopher Jullien, Boli Bolingoli, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Luca Connell – during his urgent rebuild of the first team squad.

Eleven players who were part of the treble treble season such as Kieran Tierney, Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata and Emilio Izaguirre have quit Parkhead and the Irishman has until September 2 to bring in replacements.

However, disgruntled fans who watched the team crash out of the Champions League on Tuesday night following their 4-3 flop to the Romanians of Cluj have criticised the club’s dealings in the transfer market.

Former Head of Recruitment Lee Congerton left in May to rejoin Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City and Nick Hammond took over the role on a temporary basis a month later.

Lennon, speaking in the Evening Times, said: “We do have a rebuilding job on the recruitment side – there is no question of that. We are trying to do that and Nick is working to rebuilt the recruitment department.

“Lee left in the summer and that created a void. Nick will hopefully be in permanently and hopefully he can build his own ideas there. That’s what we are looking for him to do.

“It’s been difficult with so much change and that’s the part the public don’t see. We are working really hard in the background.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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