Report: Long-serving Celtic academy coach leaves the club to join Hearts

By John McGinley

June 21, 2021

Long-serving Celtic academy coach John McLaughlan has left the club to take up a new role at Hearts, The Scottish Sun reports.

The paper say McLaughlan has landed a role as the Edinburgh club’s academy coaching development manager.

McLaughlan has been at Celtic since 2005 in a variety of roles, including involvement with the first-team.

He has held a position as an intermediate academy coach for over a decade. That means he’s been tasked with helping players transition from the academy set-up to the fringes of the first team.

In the past he’s taken charge of the club’s U17 side, nurturing talents such as Mikey Johnston, Stephen Welsh and Jack Aitchison.

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He completed his UEFA Pro Licence at the same time as John Kennedy back in 2014.

It’s unclear whether this is part of a coaching and academy shakeup at Celtic. It could simply be a solitary person looking for a new challenge after years of service.

Either way, we wish him all the best!

Celtic are yet to comment on any new football structure or revamp at Lennoxtown. It has long been assumed by supporters that a new director of football is coming in to oversee radical change.

However, within a month of the new season that still hasn’t happened.

Players such as Mikey Johnston worked up Celtic academy coach John McLaughlan / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Ange Postecoglou has arrived as the new manager and, again, it’s unclear whether he will be joined by his own coaching staff or will inherit who is already in place.

Initially, John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan are helping oversee the first-team.

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