Rangers’ title-winning victory has claimed yet another casualty as Celtic’s head of football operations resigns following a summer transfer window of discontent.
Nick Hammond was originally signed by Celtic as a recruitment guru on a part-time basis before landing the job permanently and overseeing a number of transfer windows for the club across two seasons.
Head of Football Operations, Nick Hammond, has resigned from his position at the Club to pursue new opportunities.
All the best for the future, Nick 🍀
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 31, 2021
In that space of time Hammond has been given plenty of cash to burn and has certainly done so with Celtic investing heavily in their playing squad over the last 18 months.
This was no more evident than in the summer when Celtic famously splurged upwards of £15m with Parkhead flops such as Vasilis Barkas (£5m), Albian Ajeti (£5m) and Shane Duffy (£2m loan fee) amongst the investment.
Rangers meanwhile had an astute summer in the transfer market and not only did it bridge the gap between the Ibrox side and Celtic but it catapulted the club well in front of their rivals.
Hammond now steps down with rumours and reports aplenty that Celtic are to appoint a director of football as they desperately try to make up ground on Rangers.
“Celtic Football Club today announced that Head of Football Operations, Nick Hammond, has resigned from his position at the Club to pursue new opportunities,” reads a Parkhead statement [Celtic].
“Nick joined Celtic in 2019, having previously held Director of Football and Technical Director positions at Reading FC and West Bromwich Albion FC respectively. He leaves with the Club’s best wishes.
“Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: ‘We would like to thank Nick for his contribution to Celtic across the past two seasons. Everyone at the Club wishes Nick the very best for the future.’”
Rangers fans would like to thank him too.
Hammond is officially the sixth casualty of 55 and follows Brendan Rodgers, Peter Lawwell, Neil Lennon, Scott Brown, and the one and only Terry Munro out the door at Parkhead.
Hammond might not be the last either with reports suggesting an out-of-sorts Celtic star who turned the screw when Rangers were down yet another on the precipice at Parkhead.