Celtic boss finally bags new Head of Sports Science as Anton McElhone signs up

By David Walton

September 21, 2021

Celtic have finally managed to recruit a new Head of Sports Science in former Tottenham and Bradford man Anton McElhone.

The Hoops have been without a sports science lead since the summer. Former chief Jack Nayler left the club to join RB Leipzig in a big blow for the club.

It was expected that Postecoglou would swiftly replace him. But it’s taken 12 weeks for the club to bring his replacement in. It comes over two months after the manager identified the position as he urged the club to fill the hole left by Nayler [The Scotsman].

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Thankfully, we finally appear to have our man. McElhone has confirmed his new position his LinkedIn page. It comes after working with the likes of Tottenham, Bradford, New England Revolution, and Millwall respectively.

The new sports science chief has also worked in academy and assistant coaching positions. His most recent gig was with Greenock Morton where he worked as an assistant manager.

He also took the reins as interim boss for a short period earlier this year.

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Celtic have been struck with a host of injury concerns in the early stages of the campaign. Even now, we’re without the likes of Kyogo Furuhashi, James Forrest, and Greg Taylor just to name a few.

This has undoubtedly played a key role in our recent slump. Celtic haven’t had our best players available for big games against the likes of Real Betis and Livingston. You can’t say it hasn’t shown either.

Celtic will be hoping that waiting so long to fill the Sports Science slot won’t lead to it biting us on the backside further down the line. It isn’t ideal that the club has waited so long into the season to make the appointment after all.

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But it’s a time to look forward with some optimism. Hopefully Celtic are able to bring about a more modernised approach to sports science that leads to a boost in player conditioning. Considering the football Postecoglou wants to play, we need our entire squad to be at peak condition.

That’s the goal that awaits McElhone. Time will tell if he’s up for it, but given his extensive history, it certainly looks a shrewd appointment from the outside.

Here’s hoping we see an improvement in the coming weeks.

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