Confirmed: Ex-Celtic defender lands another managerial role in Scotland

By David Walton

November 12, 2021

Former Celtic defender John Hughes has today been confirmed as the new manager of Dunfermline Athletic.

Hughes has been out of work since leaving Ross County at the end of last season. This came after he managed to keep in the Premiership in a fine achievement for his CV.

His new role sees him replace former Celt Peter Grant. And it also sees Hughes take up his 7th managerial role in Scotland and 8th of his career. Big Yogi has previously been in charge of Falkirk, Hibernian, Livingston, Hartlepool, Inverness, Raith Rovers, and County.

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He arrives at the Pars looking to arrest an already dismal start to the Championship season. Dunfermline are bottom of the table and have yet to win a single one of their 13 games this season.

They’re currently 16 points behind the playoff positions but, more realistically, are only 5 behind safety.

That will undoubtedly be the immediate goal as Hughes get set to crack on in another big role in his career.

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John Hughes takes Dunfermline gig as one ex-Celtic man replaces another

It’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for Grant in particular. The gig at East End Park was a great opportunity for him to branch out as a number 1. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out for the former Hoops midfielder.

It could be the case that he goes into the background as a first-team coach or assistant once more. That’s something he has plenty of experience in. Given how things have gone in Fife, it’s unlikely a glamorous managerial job will soon present itself.

All eyes then on how Yogi does. It’s been a while since he’s managed to nail down a solid managerial role for a prolonged period of time. He hasn’t stayed anywhere for longer than a year since his days with Inverness between 2013 and 2016.

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For now, his eyes won’t be fixated on anything but the short-term. Dunfermline will feel they’re too big a club to be entering League One. Hughes has massive pressure on his shoulders to ensure they avoid it.

As is always the case, Celtic fans will undoubtedly be keeping an eye on the extremely likable Hughes as he gets stuck into a new task.

All the best to both he and Grant as they embark on new respective ventures.

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