Jason McAteer didn't think Celtic's Damien Duff would go into coaching

By John Reid

October 17, 2019

In the last year, Damien Duff has become one of the most important figures at Celtic Park. He originally joined the club as an academy coach.

However, he has now become a key part of Neil Lennon’s backroom staff as the Hoops go for nine in a row. Duff’s former international team-mate Jason McAteer is not surprised to see the former Irish international help the Hoops to success.

However, he did admit that he didn’t think Duff would become a coach after retiring as a player.

“He’s got the temperament”

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“He has been thrown in at the deep end, but he’s got the temperament and mentality to thrive” McAteer said, as reported by the Evening Times.

“If you had asked me back then if I thought he would go into coaching, probably not. Lenny has obviously got a lot of trust in him, he’s given him that opportunity – and he’s clearly doing it.”

Can develop the attacking players at the club

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As a brilliant winger in his day, Duff is the ideal man to give guidance to Celtic’s attacking players. Many of whom are not long into their footballing careers. The influence of seeing a player like Duff every day in training can’t be overstated.

Duff could be a key man when it comes to the development of the likes of Mikey Johnston, Karamoko Dembele and Armstrong Okoflex. If any of those players are eventually sold for big money after helping the Hoops win a host of trophies, then Duff has succeeded in his time at the club.

Duff might have not been a key man at Celtic for long. However, he can play a big part in helping the Hoops succeed this season and in the future.