John Park is a well-revered figure in Scottish football for his work at Celtic and Hibs – but the former Easter Road Head of Youth Development is on the move again.
Legia Warszawa have moved to bring the former Celtic, Hamilton, Hibs and Motherwell man into Polish football as Head of International Recruitment, a new role for the experienced talent spotter.
Park started as a youth coach at Hamilton Accies before arriving at Motherwell as a scout, youth developer and match analyst. Alex McLeish took him to Hibs in 1998, where he would bring players such as Paul Hanlon, Lewis Stevenson and Scott Brown into the senior fold.
His move to Celtic earned him further reward in 2007, credited with bringing stars such as Virgil Van Dijk to the UK. Park said of his move: “I am delighted to be joining Legia Warsaw and I’m looking forward to the challenges in the upcoming months.
“I’ve had many discussions with the president and the club’s coaching staff and, having spoken to them, it was an easy decision to join. I know that the club and all the people working there have high expectations and ambitions.
“The obvious goal beyond winning the national trophies is to qualify for the group stage of the European competitions and I hope that with my knowledge and previous experience in this field, I will be able to contribute to that.
“I have been looking for a suitable project for several months and I’d been doing various advisory roles in the meantime, until I decided it was the right time to work for one club.”
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