CELTIC have announced that Nick Hammond has been appointed as the club's new head of football operations.

The former West Brom and Reading man was working at Celtic Park on an interim basis over the summer, heloing to guide the club's transfer policy, and has now been handed a permanent role in Glasgow's east end.

Hammond told the club's website: "Celtic is a very special football club and I am delighted to take up this position with such an iconic institution. I have enjoyed my connection immensely with the club so far and I was very keen to join Celtic.     

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“We have done some good work over the summer. I wanted to play my part in continuing to improve the club’s processes and ultimately ensure that we continue to recruit and develop the best possible players we can at Celtic.

“I have experience of many football clubs and I know that Celtic is a club of the highest quality, a club with the highest standards and that it is blessed with some great people.

“Across the football department we will work together to ensure that we continue to meet these high standards and do all we can ultimately to play our part in bringing success to the club and our supporters.

"This was very important for me and a huge factor in deciding to move to Glasgow."

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell added: "We are delighted to appoint Nick to the position of head of football operations. He has provided excellent advice to the club over the summer period and his wealth of knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to Celtic going forward.  

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“We are delighted that he has agreed to join the club permanently and having worked so successfully with the club already, we have ensured important continuity for the future.

“This is a hugely important role at the club and in Nick we have appointed a man who we know will deliver excellent results."