Celtic confirm academy structure changes with Jonny Hayes return and new coach arrival

Celtic have confirmed changes to their academy and B team coaching structure.

Former captain Stephen McManus has been confirmed as the new B team head coach after working alongside Darren O'Dea in recent years with the youngsters at the club. The Irishman has since moved into the player pathway manager role. His position has been replaced by ex-Hoops star Jonny Hayes who retired from playing at Aberdeen last season before rejecting a coaching job at Pittodrie to return to Parkhead.

Former Dundee United and Southampton coach Adam Asghar has also been welcomed to the Glasgow giants as under-18s lead coach and he'll be assisted by Chris Hendry who has been with the academy.

First-team manager Brendan Rodgers said: "We are delighted to makes these new appointments.

"Stephen is an excellent coach who knows the club inside out and he will do a fantastic job as our B Team Head Coach, and I am really pleased to welcome Jonny back to Celtic. I know his ability, energy and his passion for developing younger players will be really useful to us.

“We are also delighted to welcome Adam and Chris to their new roles and I am sure they will be very successful in working with our U18 players and giving them that opportunity to progress through our levels at Celtic, a hugely important area for us and something we want to see more and more of in the future.”

Head of Celtic's youth academy, Chris McCart, added: "Our B Team will be in great hands under Stephen and we are delighted that Jonny has joined the coaching team to assist in the development of our young players.

"Adam has great coaching experience, too, so we are pleased to welcome him to Celtic to work alongside Chris Hendry who has a wealth of knowledge of the Academy.”