Ange Postecoglou has backed Celtic’s decision to appoint Mark Lawwell, son of former Chief Executive Peter, as Head of First Team Scouting and Recruitment.

Lawwell joins from a scouting and recruitment role at the City group where he has spent ten years.

Postecoglou worked with Lawwell previously at Yokohama F Marinos and declared himself “delighted” with the move.

The Aussie insists Celtic will only make appointments he feels will push the club forward.

Postecoglou said: “I was very keen for Mark to join the Club and clearly I am delighted that he has accepted this important role and that we have been able to bring him to Celtic.

“Mark is someone who I worked closely with throughout my four years at Marinos, through which time we developed great trust and an excellent working relationship. He knows the way I like to work, the way my teams play and the particular player profile which this requires."

“I know he will be a great addition to our team, leading our first-team scouting and recruitment function and delivering on our key objective of identifying and bringing exciting, talented players to the Club. "We have a great team of people at the Club and since joining Celtic I have been hugely impressed by the staff around me who have all worked so hard to deliver success. "I have said before that I didn’t want to make changes just for the sake of it, but we always aim to build and develop everything we do and in bringing Mark in I know we have made an appointment which will be hugely beneficial for us moving forward."