Who is Lee Congerton? The super scout who spotted Philippe Coutinho and Neymar

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The 43-year-old joined Celtic in March as head of recruitment and is expected to scour the world for the latest prospects, writes Sam May.

He has been handed the tough task of Hoops talent spotter and is set to draw up a plan as he embarks on unearthing the up and coming starlets for the Parkhead club. It’s hard to imagine Samba stars like Coutinho and Neymar at Celtic, but Brendan Rodgers certainly can.

Congerton started his scouting career in 2005 with Chelsea in South America, identifying unheard-of youngsters. It’s there where he first crossed paths with Brendan Rodgers. The Bhoys boss claims he brings knowledge, experience and excellence, but will add value to the club.

The Bhoys boss, who signed former Milan star Coutinho for Liverpool in 2014, believes the expertise of Welshman Congerton, can help him to bring new talents to Celtic this summer. At the time, the former Chelsea scout tried to lure 14-year-old Philippe Coutinho who was playing for Vasco De Gama, only to find out a deal had already been done with Inter Milan.

One of the best in the business, he moved to Liverpool in 2002 where he worked in the Anfield club’s renowned academy. He left there for Chelsea in 2005 before joining Hamburg as technical director alongside former Stamford Bridge colleague Frank Arnesen in 2011. Congerton took on the same role at Sunderland in 2014 but that job lasted just 18 months, ending after the departure of Dick Advocaat and the arrival of Sam Allardyce.

His coaching career began at Wrexham after injury brought a premature end to his playing days and he featured for Weymouth, Colwyn Bay and Crewe Alexandra. The UEFA pro coaching licence coach, will head up the scouting operation and is determined to bring the very best to Celtic.

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