Former Celtic and Rangers scout John Park is set to join Birmingham City’s recruitment team.
Football Scotland reported that the 65-year-old scout has landed the head of international scouting role at the club. He is set to be reunited with former Celtic manager and current Birmingham boss Tony Mowbray.
It was disclosed that Park opted to leave Rangers following a restructuring of their scouting department, with an increased focus on video analysis as a crucial component of their recruitment plans. Nils Koppen subsequently arrived to assist Philippe Clement as the head of football operations at Rangers. The seasoned transfer guru had several options available but ultimately chose to collaborate with Mowbray in his capacity as the head coach at St Andrew’s. This decision underscores the strong professional relationship between the two, likely cultivated during their time together at Hibernian and Celtic.
John Park previously served as a scout for Celtic from 2009 to 2016, playing a crucial role in securing key transfers for the club, including the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Victor Wanyama, and French striker Moussa Dembélé. Currently serving as the director of football for Scotland U19s, Park brings a wealth of experience from his diverse roles at Vancouver Whitecaps, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Legia Warszawa, Blackburn Rovers, and Rangers.
Birmingham City, in the midst of planning a major squad overhaul, are set to enter an ambitious summer transfer window. The club, no longer constrained by Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and bolstered by a multi-million-pound stadium naming deal inked just last week, is poised to invest significantly in new talent. This financial injection comes as a result of the club’s American owners, Knighthead, generating substantial funds.
The club’s aspirations for a massive transfer overhaul align with their desire for a more ambitious approach in the upcoming season. Birmingham City aim to finish higher in the league table and even target a spot within the playoffs. The appointment of John Park in his key role indicates a commitment to ambitious recruitment strategies, ensuring the club secures the right targets to propel them forward in the highly competitive world of football.