Date: 11th October 2018 at 5:04pm
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Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink has been promoted to the role of head scout at PSV Eindhoven.

The former Celtic striker has been working as a PSV scout for the last four years and steps up to replace John de Jong who has taken up the post of technical manager.

Dutch clubs are famous for their worldwide scouting with PSV buying and selling Eidur Gudjohnsen, Park Ji-Sung, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Jaap Stam over the last 20 years.

Discussing the move on the PSV website de Jong said: “Jan has been participating in the scouting for almost four years and made an excellent impression during that period. A leading role is an appropriate, next step.

“We have been pursuing a certain sporting policy here for a number of years. In the context of continuity, it is very valuable if you can accommodate the departure of some people with colleagues who are used to the way of working and the demands we make. We are happy that Jan wants to follow me. “

Vennegoor of Hesselink earned a £3m transfer to Celtic in 2006 and is best remembered for his role in the 2008 SPL title win when the league race was extended to a Thursday night to assist Rangers (IL).

A last gasp headed winner against the tax cheats in April kept the title race alive before he headed the winning goal at Tannadice on the final Thursday of the season to earn Celtic the title.

After leaving Celtic he had spells at Hull City and Rapid Vienna before moving in to scouting.