Celtic coach takes up Scotland assistant management role

By Lewis Laird

September 22, 2022

Celtic coach Stephen McManus has taken up a role as part of Scot Gemmill’s coaching staff with Scotland under-21s, according to the Times.

Since joining the club in a coaching capacity in 2018, after departing his role as manager of Motherwell u18s, McManus has held several roles at the club.

The former Celtic captain started with the Celtic under-18 side and has plenty of experience working and developing young players.

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After working within the academy at Parkhead, the ex-defender was promoted to the first team during John Kennedy’s short reign as interim boss.

That role as part of the backroom staff became permanent upon the arrival of Ange Postecoglou, who stuck by McManus, Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.

However, during the summer, McManus once again took up a youth coaching role, stepping down to join ex-Hoops teammate Darren O’Dea as joint managers of the club’s B side.

Postecoglou always feels the need for things to freshen up, so the 57-year-old introduced Champions League winner Harry Kewell to his staff.

McManus’s move to the B side was lauded as creating a closer relationship between the young side and the first team, with the Celtic coach having plenty of experience working on both sides.

Since his move to the academy in the summer, the 40-year-old has overseen the young Celt’s start to the season, which has seen them involved in competitions such as the Lowland League, SPFL Trust Trophy and UEFA Youth League.

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However, it turns out that his role with Celtic won’t be the only coaching set-up McManus is now part of after taking up a new position.

According to a report from the Times, the ex-Celtic defender has now also joined Scot Gemmill’s coaching staff as one of his assistants for Scotland under-21s.

McManus will replace another familiar name to Celtic, Peter Houston, who currently works in the background at Lennoxtown and Parkhead.

With his previous experience of working with young players, this seems like a good move for both McManus and Gemmill.

The Hoops coach has experience working alongside some current members of the squad, such as Adam Montgomery and Ben Doak.

Reacting to the appointment, Gemmill said [Glasgow Live]: “It’s about the players and us trying to provide the best environment, and we think Stephen can help us do that. We had Peter Houston working with us. He’s got a great job, and he decided to concentrate on that.

“Stephen also has a full-time job, so it’s at the discretion of his club manager. It has to fit for Stephen and his job, so we’ll see how we go.

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“Hopefully, we can both make it work. It was important that we picked the right kind of person. Stephen can help the players’ development and preparation, but it also needs to be correct off the pitch.

“The way Stephen conducts himself is excellent. He’s very experienced, and he’s a former international. Steve Clarke was keen for the person we got to have international experience, so he ticks a lot of boxes. He’s well-connected and knows people.”

McManus will be hoping to play his part in leading the side to an international tournament following a disappointing few years in qualification.

Of course, the former Hoops academy graduate is expected to continue his role at Celtic, with O’Dea taking the youngsters during the international breaks.

It will be a really interesting position for the Celtic man to take up as he looks to develop the next generation of talent in this country at both Celtic and Scotland.

In other news, Steve Clarke reveals injury knock as midfielder returns to Celtic.