Celtic announce departure of long-serving coach
Celtic have announced the departure of long-serving youth coach Tommy McIntyre after 12 years at the club.
In a statement released on the club’s website, Celtic confirmed that after over a decade of working within the youth structure at Lennoxtown, McIntyre would be moving on to pursue new opportunities.
Last season, the 58-year-old took charge of the Hoops’ B side, who played out their first season within the fifth tier of Scottish Football.
McIntyre led the young Celtic side to a 3rd placed finish within the Lowland League, collecting 73 points from 34 games.
However, his tenure as part of the club’s academy coaching set-up came to an end ahead of the 2022/23 campaign after going on to pursue new opportunities.
He was replaced by former first-team coach Stephen McManus, who made the step down to join McIntyre’s assistant from last season, Darren O’Dea, as a joint manager of the B side.
Within the statement announcing his departure from the club, McIntyre stated that it was an ‘honour’ and ‘privilege’ to have served Celtic Football club for over a decade and paid tribute to the players, coaches and supporters who have helped him along the way.
He said [Celtic FC]: “It’s been a real honour, and I have been immensely proud to serve Celtic Football Club and its supporters for the last 13 years.
“To all the managers, coaches, staff, and players that I have had the privilege to work with, my sincere thanks to each and every one of them. I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the Club for so many memorable years.
“I’m extremely proud of the many successes and fantastic memories over the years and having played a part in creating a pathway for a thriving Academy which has seen the development of so many talented players.
“Finally, to the fans for supporting myself and the many young players coming through throughout my tenure. Such support is always greatly appreciated but never taken for granted.”
Across the last decade, during McIntyre’s tenure, we have seen several youngsters make their debut and go on to establish themselves as part of the first team under different managers.
Those players include the likes of Callum McGregor, Kieran Tierney and Stephen Welsh, who have played a big part in the Bhoys trophy success in recent times. But now, McIntyre and the club have decided it is time for a switch up in the backroom staff.
We wish Tommy all the best of luck for the future, and a thanks for over ten years of service at the club. Hopefully, we see him continue within the Scottish game in some fashion!