Damien Duff can't hide his delight after becoming a Celtic coach

By daniel.cole

January 17, 2019

New Celtic coach Damien Duff couldn’t hide his delight at achieving the ‘next best thing’ by becoming a part of the coaching staff.

The Republic of Ireland internationalist has joined the club as reserve team coach, alongside former Celtic captain Stephen McManus.

A lifelong Celtic fan, Duff has never hid his ambition of playing for the Bhoys.

Although he didn’t achieve that, he had a stellar career at Blackburn, Chelsea, Newcastle and a host of other clubs.

Duff and Rodgers will be hoping for a successful working relationship. (John Powell/Getty Images)

Duff had been coaching Shamrock Rovers in his native Ireland, however he got the only call that would have tempted him from that position.

Describing is new employers as the ‘dream club’, Duff spoke of his love for Celtic.

“I had the kits all the way through, Celtic and Manchester United were my teams.

“I didn’t get to play for Celtic but to come and coach up here is top class.”

Duff revealed he was never really close to signing for his boyhood heroes during his career, but stated he would definitely have been interested had the club inquired.

The Irishman is hoping to bring through Celtic’s homegrown talent. (Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers has worked with the new Celtic coach before, during the winger’s time at Chelsea.

Duff, who won 100 caps for Ireland, stated that Celtic were never far from his or Rodgers’ minds back then.

“We would obviously talk about Celtic; it’s my dream club, it was his dream club then.”

Duff’s job now is to help bring through the next Kieran Tierney, and add to Celtic’s glorious roll of honour when it comes to homegrown talents.

McManus is also joining the new coaching staff. (Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Passionate and Emotional

Duff has described himself as ‘full on’ when it comes to coaching. He is under no illusions of what it will take for him to be a success at Celtic.

While he never experienced playing for Celtic, it is almost certain he would have been a success if he’d signed for the club.

His career saw him play at the highest level, and score at a World Cup for his country. He knows a thing or two about the game.

If the new Celtic coach can pass that onto the youth team at, the future may be green and white after all.