A day after the Daily Mail pointed a big finger at Brendan Rodgers and Lee Congerton for their part in Celtic’s Champions League exit to Cluj the Daily Record has followed up with a similar piece about the departed duo.
When Rodgers left, and Celtic picked up a £9m compensation cheque, a carefully worded statement was published with all parties thankful and respectful.
Now it appears that the gloves are off.
The Daily Mail detailed the delay between Rodgers departing and the resignation of Congerton, almost three months at a critical stage of the recruitment campaign. On June 20 Celtic announced a short term contract for Nicky Hammond that was due to begin on July 1- less than a fortnight before the first Champions League qualifier.
Giving their take on the recruitment issue, illustrated by a picture of Rodgers, the Daily Record explains:
But recruitment chief Lee Congerton’s disastrous spell working for Brendan Rodgers is not going to be undone overnight. Rodgers dismantled John Park’s scouting system that took nine years to build, with a spying network all over the Continent and beyond who knew what Celtic needed and what they could afford.
They certainly were not handing in dossiers on £8m-rated Italians who command £55k a week. And when it comes to cash, Congerton could have done with taken a look at the line-up the last time Celtic hit the heights in Europe.The side Lennon sent out to beat Barcelona seven years ago cost just £8.4m – slightly more than Christopher Jullien and less than Odsonne Edouard.
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If it was all so simple a phone call to Park would be able to start the process of rebuilding a scouting network.
Despite being linked with jobs at Sunderland and Falkirk neither post has materialised, what’s stopping someone at Celtic from returning to a system that produced much more hits than misses?
Last night Andy King moved on a season long loan from Leicester to Ibrox.