Friday 20 September 2019

Confirmed: Damien Duff becomes Celtic's reserve team coach

Damien Duff. Photo: Sportsfile
Damien Duff. Photo: Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Republic of Ireland legend Damien Duff has become Celtic's new reserve team coach.

Following Shaun Maloney's departure as Celtic reserve team assistant manager in September, Duff was encouraged to apply for the vacancy by first-team manager Brendan Rodgers.

The pair are familiar with each other from the time Rodgers was working in the academy at Chelsea, where Duff won two Premier League titles.

Duff said: “I am absolutely delighted to join Celtic in this new role and be part of a club for which I have such huge respect. It is a massive honour to be given this opportunity and I am looking forward to playing my part in developing our young players of the future.

“We will be aiming to do all we can to create a good environment for our young players, to promote positive, attacking football, to play the Celtic Way and make them ready for the challenges of first-team football.   

“I can’t wait get started in my new role and do all I can to make a positive difference to some exciting players we already have at the club.”

Former club captain Stephen McManus being appointed the club’s under-18s' Coach.

Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers said: “We are delighted to welcome Damien and Stephen to Celtic. Both men are real high-calibre individuals who have a huge knowledge of the game.

“We are really pleased they have agreed to join the club and I know the ability they have as coaches and the experiences they have, being part of top-level football for so many years in their own careers, will be of huge benefit to our younger players.”

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