Celtic have confirmed the appointment of Stevie Hammell as the Head of Academy Coaching, reporting directly to Head of Academy Chris McCart.

67 Hail Hail brought you the news in April that Celtic were looking for someone to fill the newly created role and advertising online for applicants. It was reported earlier this week that Hammell was the frontrunner, with his appointment signed off on by outgoing manager Ange Postecoglou. He will oversee the development of the Club’s Youth Academy coaching at all levels.

The club officially announced his arrival in a statement this afternoon. Hammell said: “It is a great honour to join Celtic and I am really excited about the opportunity that has been given to me. It is a hugely successful and exciting time for the Club at all levels and I am looking forward to making my own contribution to add to the fantastic ongoing work right across our Academy.

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“I know the Club has a rich history of developing its own young players. It is an important area for the Club and I can’t wait to get started to play my part in working with our coaches to bring our players through to make their own contribution to this great club at the highest level.”

Meanwhile, chief executive Michael Nicholson said: “The Celtic Academy is a vital part of the Club. We have seen this season how our Academy teams and players are developing positively, and Stevie’s considerable experience and energy will ensure that the Club continues to assess and apply new learnings and best practice in coaching and developing our young players.

“We are pleased to welcome him to Celtic and we are sure he will make an important contribution to the Club.”

Hammell had a long, long playing career, primarily at Motherwell and was a former Academy Director at his old club. He also became manager of the Fir Park side last summer, replacing Graeme Alexander. He was sacked in February.

This Celtic opportunity is a chance to get back to working with youngsters are the highest level in Scotland and get his coaching career on the tracks again.

In other news, Report: Celtic looking at Francesco Farioli as manager hunt continues.