Celtic are preparing for an overhaul in the football department this summer, with Peter Lawwell already replaced by incoming chief Dominic McKay.

The new CEO will have plans to change things at Parkhead including in terms of recruitment and, potentially, the management staff. One role McKay is also expected to staff is the sporting director position, a job the Hoops have not filled in recent years.

Player identification and scouting are two huge issues that Celtic must get right this summer if they are to be back competing for the Premiership title next season and one man who is likely to be in the hunt for that job is former Huddersfield Head of Operations David Webb.

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Webb has years of experience in exactly the type of role Celtic are looking to strengthen off the pitch, having worked in the English Premier League for a number of seasons. He led proceedings at The Terriers as well as other clubs down south and across Europe.

He has also worked with top managers including Graham Potter, Mauricio Pochettino (at both Tottenham and Southampton) and Eddie Howe.

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What experience does Webb have?

Describing himself as a 'recruitment specialist', Webb's most recent role was as Head of Football Operations at Huddersfield. He has also held senior roles at Tottenham, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Ostersunds in Sweden - a position he held where he worked with now-Brighton manager Potter.

Before joining Ostersunds he had brief spells as a consultant for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga and Real Betis in La Liga.

What role did he play at his former clubs?


Webb worked closely with Celtic-linked Eddie Howe as head of recruitment where he was credited with unearthing gems like Callum Wilson - now an England international and £20million plus player at Newcastle - and Junior Stanislas. He was part of the Cherries staff when they achieved promotion to the Premier League in 2015.


Responsible for scouting elite players in his role as Head of Elite Potential Identification, Webb was instrumental in Spurs' signing of Heung-min Son from Bayer Leverkusen.

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Webb was talent spotter for the Eagles back between 2002 and 2005 and he found a young Wilfried Zaha playing for his local side Whitehouse Wanderers. 

What has been said about him?

Huddersfield chairman Phil Hodgkinson said back in 2019: "David’s track record speaks for itself. He’s held key roles across the top divisions in England, Germany and Spain, and will add real experience, skills and hunger to the club."

What Webb has said about himself

He previously told Yorkshire Live of his own role at Huddersfield: "For me I don't think it changes anything and the relationship is key whether the title is manager or head coach. It's no problem for me either way because it doesn't affect my role or what I do on a day to day basis. My role is to essentially support them in what they need to become successful and to help them on a day to day basis.

"My role is more operational so under my lead will be the academy, sports science, recruitment, medical, kit man – so that side of thing, if you're looking at the modern day football manager or head coach, it's evolved, so for them to have someone to work alongside them with that and alleviate pressures…they'll obviously have a massive influence in those areas as well.

"I think that's key. What I found at Bournemouth was that the relationship you have with that person you work with – Eddie Howe and the team there – we had to really build that foundation and that process, so I think you need someone you can get on with on a day to day basis and you can understand and you can build together, and I'll help facilitate all the stuff around that."

Who else is in for Celtic role?

Matteo Tognozzi of Juventus has been touted with a possible move from his scouting role with the Serie A giants. Man City's Loan and Pathways manager Fergal Harkin - who the Celtic board have dealt with many times in the past - is also believed to be a candidate for the position.