McGuinness handed Celtic role

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon, pictured, has hailed Jim McGuinness as a 'first-class coach'

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon, pictured, has hailed Jim McGuinness as a 'first-class coach'

Celtic have announced that Donegal GAA Football manager Jim McGuinness is joining the club as a performance consultant.

The 39-year-old, who led the Irish club to the All-Ireland title this year, will be based at Lennoxtown and will help in the development of the club's young players. McGuinness will begin work towards the end of the month.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me on an individual level and I'm very thankful to Neil Lennon for giving me this chance and bringing me into the club," he told the official Celtic website.

He added: "Obviously I work in amateur sport and the opportunity to work in professional sport in any capacity is a wonderful chance for me and one I'm very much looking forward to.

"My role will be based on developing the younger players in the club, Development and Academy players that are under-20 and that level.

"It´s really about trying to work on every single one of the players on an individual level, trying to develop them in several areas, something I have experienced often in the past.

"You are really looking to create a finished product that is good enough to be pushing for the first team and creating a stronger squad at the club. We will hopefully look at every single player as an individual project and move them forward as best we can.

"We will revaluate every couple of months and try and move them forward and give them the best opportunity to develop and grow within the club so they can put their best foot forward in making the ultimate step up to first-team football."

Hoops boss Lennon said: "We are absolutely delighted that Jim has agreed to join us. He is a first-class coach and manager and a high-quality individual who has achieved so much already in sport.

"We feel he will add real value to the club in terms of moving our young players forward and in making sure they develop in the right way for the benefit of the club."

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