‘Outstanding’ – Neil Lennon excited by new Celtic arrival

Neil Lennon appears to be very excited by the prospect of getting to work with the new Celtic arrival, describing him as ‘outstanding’.

Damien Duff has returned to The Republic of Ireland to pursue a job opportunity and family commitments, per Balls.ie, leaving the role of first team coach for the taking.

Now that Celtic is on the brink of history, Neil Lennon has been pulling out all the stops to bring in every advantage he can. He likes to draw on past experience and hires those who left a lasting impression in the working environment. This week, he showed great interest at the thought of signing Martin Boyle. The winger played under Lennon at Hibernian and now the boss wants to recreate the magic at Celtic. He has appointed son of former manager Gordon Strachan as the first team coach as the club moves towards the historic push.

Gavin Strachan has stepped down from his assistant manager job at Peterborough to take on the role of first team coach at Celtic F.C. The release from his contract has incurred an unknown fee that The Bhoys are happy to pay for the experience coach. Strachan is delighted with his new appointment, per The Daily Mail:

‘It is a huge honour to be appointed to this position with Celtic, such a giant of a club and a real iconic footballing institution – this really is an opportunity I could simply not turn down.

‘I am hugely excited about getting started with Neil, John and the players as we get ready for the challenges ahead.

‘Neil and John have been massive figures in the club’s nine-in-a-row journey and it will be fantastic to be part of such a great management and coaching team.

‘The club has had a phenomenal run of success in recent years and I know everyone at Celtic and our supporters will be doing all we can, together, to keep this run going.

‘I know we are looking ahead to a really exciting season and for me personally, it is a great time to join this brilliant club. I will work my hardest every day to bring success to the club.’

Lennon played under the elder Strachan at The Bhoys and has high hopes for the son of the former boss:

‘We are delighted to bring Gavin to Celtic, he is a brilliant appointment for us and someone I know will work really well with myself, John Kennedy, the players and the rest of our backroom team.

‘We had a number of options for the role but Gavin was the outstanding candidate.

‘He is a really talented, experienced, hard working and respected coach and I know he has the right qualities to make a great contribution to the club. We are all really pleased to welcome Gavin to our team.’

The 41 year old spent a number of years on the pitch at Coventry, working under his father, before moving onto loans at Dundee and Motherwell. He went from his time as a loanee to play on a full time basis for Hartlepool and Notts County to name a few.

He hung up his boots in to pursue a career as a coach, working with Peterborough in 2018 before  working for a short time as an assistant at Doncaster before returning to Peterborough again.

What are your thoughts on Gavin Strachan’s appointment? What can he bring to the table on the road to 10IAR?

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