Damien Duff departure may have affected Celtic more than anyone could have imagined

By John Reid

November 6, 2020

When Damien Duff left his position of Celtic first-team coach for family reasons in June, it was a bit of a blow. After all, he was part of a coaching set-up led by Neil Lennon and John Kennedy, which helped the Hoops win a Scottish Cup, a Betfred Cup and two Premiership titles during his time at the club.

However, his departure from the club may have affected Celtic more than anyone could have imagined. The Hoops just haven’t looked the same time since Duff moved on. The recent run of results is testament to that. Only one win in six games, and an embarrassing defeat to Sparta Prague.

Telling comments made by manager

Perhaps telling where some comments made by Neil Lennon about Duff’s importance to the club.

“It’s a blow because he contributed immensely and I got on great with him. He’s still in his formative years as a coach, but he made a huge contribution and there was a real good chemistry there, so he’ll be difficult to replace, that’s for sure” Lennon said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times, when Duff’s departure was confirmed.

67HH also reported some comments from Scott Brown back in February, praising Duff for advice the coach had given him.

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Chemistry may not be the same yet

So far, it looks as if that huge contribution has not been replaced. That is not a slight on Gavin Strachan, the man who replaced Duff as first-team coach. Maybe the chemistry just isn’t the same as yet.

Former Celtic coach Damien Duff / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Hopefully that chemistry will come in time between Lennon, Kennedy and Strachan. However, from an outside point of view, Duff looks to be a miss in the Celtic backroom.

It is highly unlikely that Duff will return to Celtic any time soon, as he left because of family reasons. Still, perhaps Neil Lennon could give him a phone to discuss what is going on at the club, to give his verdict on why it is going wrong at the moment. That might be a bit of a desperate move. However, in this season of seasons Celtic can’t afford too many more bad results.

In other news, Odsonne Edouard’s attitude at the moment seems to be all wrong.