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  • Damien Duff & Stephen McManus join Celtic’s Academy coaching team

    Damien Duff & Stephen McManus join Celtic’s Academy coaching team

    By: Newsroom Staff on 14 Jan, 2019 17:10

  • CELTIC Football Club is delighted to announce that it has made two hugely important appointments within its youth set-up, with Damien Duff joining the club as Reserve Team Coach and former club captain Stephen McManus being appointed the club’s under-18s' Coach.

    Former Chelsea, Newcastle Fulham, Blackburn and Republic of Ireland winger, Damien Duff, joins Celtic from Shamrock Rovers in Dublin where he was part of the first-team coaching staff. 

    The two-time English Premier League winner joins Celtic with immediate effect, and he will team up with Tommy McIntyre in managing Celtic’s Reserve team.

    Stephen McManus delivered a huge level of success to Celtic as a player, lifting three league titles, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups.

    He re-joins Celtic from Motherwell FC where he played from 2013-17 and has more recently held a coaching position with the Fir Park club. Stephen will work with Celtic’s Under-18 team.

    Damien 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.”

    And Stephen McManus added: “The passion and respect I have for Celtic is well-known and it really is a fantastic honour to join this great club again. 

    “I had the huge privilege of pulling on the Celtic jersey and enjoying some tremendous moments which will stay with me forever, playing on the highest stage and being part of a team that brought success and silverware to some of the best fans in the world.   

    “It was a real dream come true to reach the Celtic first team and now it will be an absolute privilege to work every day with our young players to see if they can live their own dreams, to wear such an iconic jersey and play their part in creating history for the club. I am really looking forward to this challenge and being part of Celtic once again.”

    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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