Sunday 21 July 2019

Duff confirmed as Celtic reserve coach

Ex-Ireland international Damien Duff. Photo: Sportsfile
Ex-Ireland international Damien Duff. Photo: Sportsfile

Celtic have confirmed the appointment of Damien Duff as their new reserve team coach.

The Dubliner will team up with Tommy McIntyre in taking control of the Scottish champions' second string.

Shamrock Rovers had publicly wished Duff well last week after he departed his role as Hoops U-15 coach to take the new gig.

"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," said the 39-year-old.

Elsewhere, Alan Judge has joined Ipswich from Brentford.

The 30-year-old, who has five Ireland caps, has signed a deal until the end of the season with the option of a further 12 months.

Mick McCarthy's former club are rock bottom of the Championship and are currently seven points adrift of safety with 19 games remaining.

Meanwhile, Derry City have brought Barry McNamee back to the club after his one-year stay with Cork City.

The 26-year-old was attracted back towards home by Declan Devine's Brandywell return.

Last night, Ali Reghba did his chances of securing a permanent deal with Leicester no harm by scoring a brace for the Leicester U-23 side in a 3-0 win over Swansea last night.

Reghba - who impressed with Bohemians in the tail end of last season - is trying to earn a contract with Leicester. He has also spent time with Middlesbrough.

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