The Damien Duff effect at Celtic certainly seems to have a few admirers.
Since arriving at the club, it’s been a whirlwind spell in Duff’s footballing career. He started out in Glasgow as the reserve team coach when Brendan Rodgers’ coaching staff were still at the club. However, once Rodgers departed and took what felt like half the club’s employees with him, Duff was boosted up to first-team coach.
It’s been a real quick turnaround for the Irishman, and his work is evidently going unnoticed by supporters. Captain Scott Brown has touched on the extra hours and hard grafting the Premier League title winner puts in at Lennoxtown.
Speaking to the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 1, Pages 14 and 15), Brown opened up on Duff’s role at Parkhead.
“Damien Duff has been great. He obviously came in when John Kennedy moved up to the assistant manager role, when Brendan left and Neil came in. He’s been great with the lads, he wants them to work hard, and he’s always there if anyone ever needs an extra afternoon session.
Of all the coaches I’ve had over the years, he’s certainly one who you can take on his word in terms of him helping you out after hours. Better still, he does that with the younger players and experienced ones alike.
“It’s great to know that you’ve got someone that you can always rely on in your camp. When you’ve got someone so experienced and someone so decorated in the modern game, then that’s even better.”
Damien Duff effect certainly has its fans
Brown isn’t the first one to go on about Duff’s abilities as a coach. Karamoko Dembele told the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 43, Page 23) how straight up Duff was with the players. That’s something the coach himself also admits to – his straightforward, no-nonsense approach to coaching (Scottish Sun).
He may be new to the coaching game, but it appears he certainly makes up for it with hard work. Extra sessions can be vitally important, especially for those struggling with technique or a specific aspect of their game. Having coaches like Duff who are able to stay behind and help with that can be essential.
What’s just as impressive, however, is just how quickly Duff has eased in at Celtic. We all knew that John Kennedy would take to the assistant manager’s job well enough. He’s been at the club for as long as we can remember, and knows the coaching game at this point.
For Duff, however, this is his first real coaching role outside of Ireland. So far, teething problems don’t really seem to be an issue. His experience alone will command respect from the Celtic dressing room.
It’s a shame he had to leave working with the reserves. He would’ve been a great role model to have in that position. But even as a first-team coach, he’ll be able to have an X-factor to him thanks to his playing career. Hopefully, his coaching one is just as successful in the long run.