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Not good enough- Rodgers piles the pressure on Lawwell’s Recruitment Team

Brendan Rodgers has called out the failings of Celtic’s Recruitment Team.

Since July 2022 Mark Lawwell has been installed as Head of First Team Recruitment and Scouting but it seems that he was being carried by Ange Postecoglou.

Three windows of discovering talents like Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi, Josip Juranovic, Reo Hatate, Jota, Matt O’Riley and more created the impression that Celtic had a far reaching and knowledgeable Recruitment Team that was ahead of the curve.

On December 3 last year Alistair Johnston was announced as a signing four weeks ahead of the transfer window opening, now with one week left in the summer window it seems that Rodgers is hoping for three or four deals to plug the holes in his squad.

Not only was Johnston signed ahead of the transfer of Josip Juranovic but he was trained up and fully adapted to the way Postecoglou’s team played to go into a debut at Ibrox and emerge as one of Celtic’s best players.

That is how a well run club with a properly functioning Recruitment Team operates with Rodgers opening up to The Sun about the failings of Lawwell Junior:

I’m not going to beat about the bush when I’m talking about the bush. The squad is not as strong. That’s the reality.

We’ve lost top players and we’ve got players out for a period of time, so I can’t disagree with that.

The point I will make is that we will work very, very hard here to try to improve the squad.

There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes within the recruitment and trying to identify players that fit into the model. That will continue.

There is no doubt that we lost a matchwinner in Jota, we lost Carl Starfelt who was a regular player in the squad. You then look at Cameron Carter-Vickers being out, a mainstay of the team over the last couple of years.

Working hard behind the scenes isn’t producing results as the result at Kilmarnock demonstrated with the squad badly weakened going to Ibrox next week.

Rodgers will be in front of the media before and after the Derby match while Lawwell and his team work away in the background under little scrutiny or pressure.

At best new signings will have a couple of training sessions behind them as they go into the Glasgow derby, almost certainly without having played a single game in Scottish football.

The Juranovic/Johnston example is the perfect example of how Recruitment should operate with a replacement signed up in December 2022 for an August 2021 arrival.

Whether it was Jota or Liel Abada that would be the subject of transfer activity it seems that Lawwell has been caught well short by the bid from Al Ittihad.

With one high pedigree winger sold less than half of the fee Celtic paid Benfica has been used to sign up Marco Tilio and Yang Hyun-jun, spotted in Australia and South Korea.

Either or both of those players could go on to become fine Celtic players but spending in the region of £6m on a former Benfica youth carries a lot les risk that two projects while keeping £3m in the bank for a rainy day.

Rodgers will have media duties before and after Saturday’s match against St Johnstone, after that there will be no more comment before the transfer window closes with the focus on Lawwell Jnr to come up with the goods.

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  • by Captain Swing
    Posted August 25, 2023 11:36 am 0Likes

    We clearly remember Ange after that opening defeat at Tynecastle requesting the reinforcements he so clearly needed – “maybe I haven’t been clear enough….” and Dominic whatshisname was soon on his bike.

    Perhaps Brendan is treading lightly because of the past and the cosy nepotistic hierarchy above him (which would not be a good thing) or he’s naturally less blunt than our straight-talking Aussie was, but he’s saying the same thing.

    Whether they now deliver is a proper acid test….. because as things stand, we aren’t even standing still, we’re going backwards. The downsizing Strachan was forced to do I understood: we were in debt after the big spending of the early O’Neill years.

    Currently we have never been in better financial health and have no economic need whatsoever to downsize, so if that’s what we are doing there has to be another motivation for it.

    There are really only two reasons I can think of: Desmond wants to sell his stake, or those running the club believe Sevco are integral to our own business model. If it’s proven to be the latter I suspect I might end up watching another sport.

  • by KC67
    Posted August 25, 2023 5:58 pm 0Likes

    Lawwell junior so far looking as useless as his old man. There’s not a hope in hell junior brought the Asian guys to the club, that would be Ange. Jota left over a month ago, why take so long to replace him? Was the intention to bring in the projects only? We’ll find out in the next week. I wouldn’t bet on getting any first team ready players signed.

    The imposters running our club are trying to keep Sevco in the mix for a treble this year, making us the laughing stock of the champions league while they’re at it.

    Just like the Kelly’s and the Whites, it’s time the Desmonds and the Lawwells were ousted. They’re more interested in their own financial gain than progressing the club.

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