Former Stoke City European scout Gary Penrice is the big favourite to be installed as Celtic’s new chief scout in the near future – and he’s been given a very positive reference by a former Potters boss.
Penrice arrived at the Bet365 Stadium in 2008, shortly after the beginning of City’s first campaign in the Premier League under Tony Pulis had begun.
He worked well alongside Pulis, as the Welshman oversaw the establishment of the club in the top flight.
And the chap in the cap has now given Celtic the thumbs up as they close in on his appointment more than 10 years later.
“Gary has great experience both home and abroad, with a huge network of contacts,” Pulis told The Athletic.
“Celtic would be appointing a very able man, it would be an excellent appointment.”
Penrice, remembered for playing for Bristol Rovers in his playing days, has also worked at Queens Park Rangers and Leicester in various roles since retiring.
Indeed, it is a link with West Brom that has made the favourite for the role in the set-up at SPL champions Celtic – he worked with the Bhoys’ head of football operations Nicky Hammond when the latter was the sporting and technical director at Albion, also during the tenure of Pulis.