One of the big debating points following Celtic’s Champions League defeat from Cluj was the decision to put Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli on the bench- £10m of summer spending.
Many fans looked on it as Neil Lennon doubting his own signings but a closer look at the way that the club operates suggests that the manager had only a minor role to play in signing the defenders.
The departure of Lee Congerton and short term appointment of Nicky Hammond has created a vacuum at the club with fans able to draw their own conclusions on who is driving and dominating the recruitment of players. The leaked scouting report that surfaced at the start of June suggested that Peter Lawwell has a significant involvement.
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CTV: Have you had the chance to speak to the Celtic manager yet?
B B-M: Not yet but I think that will happen in the next ten days, we’ll see each other and have a good conversation.
Lennon on Jullien: 1 minute 35 seconds
He has got great attributes, he has been a target of the club for quite a while.
There were no new signings involved in Celtic’s pre-season matches in Austria and Switzerland leaving Lennon with the task of integrating players during competitive matches.
Hatem Abd Elhamed was the only new face involved last night, for his third appearance and his first 90 minutes he fared pretty well at right-back.
On Friday Lennon faces the media to preview the Betfred Cup tie with Dunfermline but facing the Fifers will be a sideshow as the post-mortem and blame game continues into Celtic’s fourth failure in six years to reach the group phase of the Champions League.
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The conversations with the manager and Sporting Director were very positive