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No way Lenny signed half of them- former striker discusses Celtic’s £35m spending spree

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Frank McAvennie believes that Nicky Hammond deserves half of the blame for the £35m that  Celtic have squandered in the transfer market.

Peter Lawwell made the claim for expenditure from July 2019 when Hammond came in on a short term deal before being appointed as Head of Football Operations.

The focus of much of Celtic’s transfer activity has switched from Europe towards England with Shane Duffy, Moi Elyounoussi and Albian Ajeri coming in over the summer.

When Celtic lifted the Sottish up on Sunday only Duffy, Greg Taylor (£2m) and David Turnbull (£3m) from that timeline were in the starting XI with Ajeti unable to make it into the 20 man squad at Hampden.

Discussing with Mark Wilson what sort of Recruitment Celtic should be looking at in January McAvennie (21 minutes 50 seconds) said:

They’ve spent £35m, everyone can blame the manager but there’s no way that Lenny has bought half of those players. So, you’ve got to look at the boy (Nicky) Hammond, I don’t know if he’s not seen them? Maybe somebody has sent him a DVD. You never get a bad DVD.

Wilson then joked about the DVD that he sent Dundee United was from 2006 before being signed by Jackie McNamara and Donnelly.

During the summer transfer window Celtic never brought in any transfer fees which is likely to increase pressure to sell during the January window.

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