CELTIC manager Liam Brady yesterday completed a ruthless shake-up of

his backroom staff which culminated in the appointment of the double act

sacked by Hearts at the end of the season, Joe Jordan and Frank Connor.

But first, those leaving had to be informed.

Out go chief scout John Kelman, first team coach Mick Martin, reserve

team coach Bobby Lennox and youth coach Benny Rooney. In, as well as

Jordan and Connor, comes another former Celtic player Tom McAdam who has

just been released by Airdrie. He becomes youth team coach.

Current assistant manager Tommy Craig, who is with the Scotland

Under-21 side in Toulon, is being given a new post in charge of youth

development. The extent of the upheaval will cause a stir, but,

inevitably, it is the capture of Jordan as Brady's assistant manager

which will astonish fans of Celtic, not to mention those of Hearts.

The former Scottish World Cup striker was sacked by the Tynecastle

club a couple of weeks before the season was over -- although he had

intended leaving anyway -- and it was presumed his future would be in

England where he had been a successful manager with Bristol City. The

fact that he had been receiving a salary in the #100,000-a-year region

at Tynecastle seemed to rule out his staying in this country.

However, he and Brady had much in common as players, with English and

Italian league backgrounds, as well as sound international track

records, and Brady, who himself signed a new two-year contract yesterday

clearly believes the combination of their extensive experience will

benefit Celtic.

Said Brady: ''This is much more than simply a change in personnel. I

want a different approach. The people I have appointed will give me

exactly that. On one hand, I see it maximising our chances of success

next season. Also, it is aimed at securing the club's long-term future.

''Joe Jordan's credentials speak for themselves. He did a terrific job

for Bristol City and Hearts. I am delighted he has come to work with


Brady said he wanted Connor to take the reserves because of his vast

experience. ''He and Tom McAdam have been at the club before and will

help instil the traditions and standards Celtic expect.''

He added that the post taken by Craig, head of youth development, is,

in his view, the most important for the long term. ''Tommy will be

responsible for the recruitment, development and coaching of the boys

who we hope will be Celtic stars of the future.''

Chairman Kevin Kelly said the board backed the manager fully in his

reshuffle and added: ''These far-reaching changes are the manager's

formula for success. To indicate the confidence we have in Liam, we have

concluded a new two-year contract with him.''

Jordan had been on full salary from Hearts and that would have

continued until September when his contract was due to end but will be

superseded by his new job. He joined the Edinburgh club almost three

years ago when Hearts had to pay #75,000 compensation to Bristol after a

tribunal hearing.

The man who played for a succession of clubs, Morton, Leeds United,

Manchester United, AC Milan, Verona and Southampton, was at one time the

target of Aston Villa as a replacement for Graham Taylor but his three

years at Tynecastle did not produce the bonus of a trophy which Hearts

so desperately wanted.

He had been one of many names bandied about as a possible Celtic

manager when Billy McNeill was dismissed two years ago before Liam Brady

was appointed. Connor, who was a goalkeeper for Celtic, has been at

Parkhead twice before on the backroom staff, but in his last stint was

dimissed by manager David Hay. He then proved a success as the manager

of Raith Rovers from where he was persuaded to join Jordan in the new

regime which chairman Wallace Mercer formed to take over from Alex


McAdam, the striker who was turned into a defender by Jock Stein, was

working as a carpet fitter when he heard Brady wanted him as youth


He said: ''I still can't believe I'm going back to Celtic. I was

really disappointed at being let go by Airdrie but I'm a carpet fitter

to trade and I managed to get work three days after I was freed and I've

been busy since.''

The four men dismissed were treated to one paragraph in the official

Celtic news release.

It concluded: ''As chairman, Kevin Kelly, on behalf of the club,

thanks them for the contributions they have made.''

The sacking of Martin may be the most unexpected, considering that he

and Brady have been friends since childhood. Martin was Brady's first

appointment when he was put in charge at Parkhead.

The departure of Lennox signals the final severance with the Lisbon

Lions as he was the last of the team that won the European Cup in 1967

still working in a full-time capacity at the park.

Rooney, former manager of Morton and Partick Thistle, was brought to

Parkhead by Billy McNeill to supervise the young players, while Kelman

has been in charge of scouting for the club for 15 years.