Director of Scouting: Neil McGuinness

Neil McGuinness is in his first season as the Director of Scouting for Columbus Crew SC, having joined the Club on April 17, 2019.

McGuinness joined Crew SC after working in the Qatar Football Association from 2015-2018. During his time there, McGuiness worked as a Senior Player Recruiter and was responsible for the identification and recruitment of players to represent the Qatar National Team. While working for the Qatar Football Association, McGuinness also worked as a scout for Qatar’s Aspire Academy and served as a consultant to teams in the English, French, German, Mexican, Saudi and Spanish topflights. 

Prior to his time with the Qatar Association, McGuinness worked as the First Team Senior Scout for Celtic Football Club of Scotland’s First Division. During his time with Celtic, McGuiness’ duties included being responsible for first team player scouting and recruitment internationally, while also covering all opposition analysis during European competition, including the UEFA Champions League.