• STV
  • MySTV

Neil Lennon explains Celtic's recruitment policy

The Parkhead club go through an extensive process to ensure they are signing talent within a limited budget.

Beram Kayal is a success story of Celtic's extensive scouting network, having joined the club last summer.
©SNS Group

Neil Lennon has explained the recruitment process at Celtic and says every signing goes through several stages to ensure the club is getting value for money in the transfer market.

Celtic have signed three in the summer transfer window to date, acquiring Adam Matthews, Kelvin Wilson and Victor Wanyama.

The club’s scouting network, headed up by John Park, has already won praise for the discoveries of Beram Kayal and Emilio Izaguirre from Israel and Honduras respectively last summer, with both impressing in their debut seasons and attracting interest from England and abroad.

With a tight budget to work to, uncovering players in seldom-tapped markets is Celtic’s policy and Lennon has outlined how the likes of Izaguirre came to sign for the club.

“We go and try and find the diamonds that maybe get overlooked,” Lennon explained in an interview with newstalk.ie. “We certainly found a couple last year in the likes of Gary Hooper, Beram Kayal, Emilio Izaguirre and Kris Commons. It's difficult to replicate that but we'll keep pursuing those markets.

“With a modern club like ourselves, we have a great recruitment office where [I can say] the type of player I am looking for. So I will go in and say, for example with Izaguirre: 'I am looking for a left back'.

“Then our recruitment team come up with three or four options. That may be from players they've seen themselves, or have been recommended by an agent.

“Then we go and do some homework and research on the player. We look at DVDs and then go and watch them in person.

“Then the buck stops with me. The backroom staff and myself have to say yes or no. That's the process that goes on 12 months of the year, 24 hours of the day.

“We've options in three or four positions but obviously you have to work within a certain budget as well. And you have to think: 'will these players make the team or the squad better?' If they do, you try and go get him.”

Lennon missed out on the signings of David James, Sol Campbell and Jimmy Bullard last summer, with the established trio electing to remain in England instead of moving to the SPL.

Those knockbacks paved the way for the club to look elsewhere and the Celtic boss says a different approach is essential.

“I think we are more of an attractive proposition than we were this time last year,” he said. “But in terms of the markets we find it difficult to compete with the English Premier League teams because we don't get the same revenue.

“These clubs get £30 million a year just for being in the Premier League from TV money, whereas ourselves we only get £1 to 2 million. So we are always playing catch-up and it is difficult to compete with the wages.

“[To compete] we would put ourselves in a huge amount of debt and, from a business point of view, we don't want to go there.”

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.