Some Celtic fans pleased at Damien Duff and Stephen McManus news

By David Walton

January 15, 2019

Damien Duff and Stephen McManus last night had their appointments confirmed by Celtic respectively.

The former is going to be the new Reserve Team coach, whilst the latter is the new Under-18s coach. Ultimately, it means that the pair will be spending much of their time developing the young talents.

When the club was reportedly interested in McManus, we spoke about how beneficial this news was for Celtic. Confirmation of it is therefore a real boost for the youngsters at the club.

And some supporters have been quick to jump on the bandwagon and praise the duo ahead of their new roles. Here, we take a look at their reaction on Twitter:

A huge element remain disappointed

It’s difficult to get away from the fact that many in the support were still extremely frustrated. Rumours of a potentially huge announcement had been doing the rounds, but nothing came of it in the end.

But it’s important to look at the positives in this deal. These are two of the most experienced professionals the club has had dealing with their youngsters in a long time. Duff in particularly offers a career’s worth of Premier League knowledge to the club.

Damien Duff never played for the club, but has joined as a coach (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The deal for Duff was well known to be on the verge of completion. Despite the reports of McManus being looked at, his appointment is still a slight surprise.

The likes of Jack Aitchison, Calvin Miller, and Armstrong Oko-flex really do need to make the most out of this appointment. Celtic have had plenty of success stories from their academy in recent years – most recently the likes of Anthony Ralston and Mikey Johnston. Most famously the likes of James Forrest and Callum McGregor.

Yes, many fans were hoping last night’s announcement was going to involve Yaya Toure or Victor Wanyama. Truth be told, however, this is a shrewd move from Celtic regardless.