Dermot Desmond could spark real change at Celtic by firing head of football operations Nick Hammond, and not just sacking Neil Lennon.
The Hoops have endured a terrible season in the Scottish Premiership thus far, with their hopes of an incredible ten-in-a-row title triumph lying in tatters.
That has seen reports in recent days suggest that Desmond is planning a major overhaul of the club, with intense pressure on manager Lennon, and backroom figures like Hammond and chief executive Peter Lawwell.
Speaking to Football Insider, former Scotland manager, Alex McLeish, said: “I have seen a lot of text messages saying things like that and I wondered if it was fake news, whether Dermot had said anything of the kind.
“Everybody’s under pressure, with the Celtic results and the expectations of Celtic, they’re all under pressure, no doubt. If you don’t get the results, then you don’t win games, and you end up, you don’t have a job.”
With reports saying that Hammond’s job is under “major threat” at Celtic Park, it’s no surprise to see why. As the club’s recruitment chief, much of the Hoops’ transfer business all ends up at his door, and he needs to bear huge responsibility for the way some of Celtic’s signings have panned out.
Big-money recruits like Albian Ajeti haven’t worked out – he hasn’t completed the full 90 minutes once in the Scottish Premiership this season – whilst even loan signings like Shane Duffy, continue to disappoint week-in and week-out.
Then there’s his lack of forward planning and mismanagement of players like Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham. The French duo have both been linked with exits for some time now, and yet rather than cash in on them earlier and bring in a decent chunk of money, they’re now slashing some of their most talented players’ prices.
Sacking Lennon may just end up being a temporary fix, with another manager coming and the same old tired backroom set-up still in place. Getting rid of Hammond and hitting the reset button fully could hold the key to sparking real change at Celtic sooner rather than later.