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Celtic fans will not be pleased to hear Lee Congerton is sticking around

Celtic have moved to deny any suggestion that Lee Congerton has left the club. As reported by the Daily Record, rumours started to circulate that the Head of Recruitment had left Parkhead, which was largely met with praise by Celtic fans.

However, it appears the former Sunderland supremo has not left Celtic.

The reason why Celtic were so happy to hear he might be off, is down to his transfer record.

In all honesty, it has not been great.

Congerton, who was fairly unpopular at former club Sunderland, took over in March 2017. Since then, Celtic have been left fairly disappointed with much of the recruitment done by the club.

Firstly, it has to be said, there have been some successes. Identifying Olivier Ntcham and Odsonne Edouard as potential recruits was good work from Congerton. A loan deal for Filip Benkovic in the summer was also shrewd, if not a little late.

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However, not much else is worth shouting about.

HETTON LE HOLE, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 19: Sunderland chairman Ellis Short (C) with Sporting Lee Congerton (L) and manager Gus Poyet (R) during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Sunderland U21 and Liverpool U21 at Eppleton Colliery Welfare ground on August 19, 2014 in Hetton Le Hole, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks – Sunderland AFC/Getty Images)

Firstly, off the bat, there are the flops. Jonny Hayes, Marvin Compper and Charly Musonda. Not much has to be said about their contribution or lack of it.

He brought back Patrick Roberts, who had already been at Celtic. That same trick was repeated in a more shocking fashion with Emilio Izaguirre this summer. Hardly groundbreaking.

Then there is Daniel Arzani. A loanee from Manchester City who simply never looked like being in Brendan Rodgers’ plans before an injury ended his short-lived, uneventful stay at Paradise.

The others were hardly spotted. Jack Hendry, Lewis Morgan and Scott Bain played well against Celtic, so Celtic weakened opponents by buying domestic.

Youssouf Mulumbu falls into the same category.

Meanwhile, Celtic fans were crying out for central midfield support, a new permanent centre-back amid the Dedryck Boyata furore, a desperately needed right-back and another option in attack.

If Congerton were to leave, not many Celtic fans would be shedding a tear.

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