Shamrock Rovers have confirmed that Damien Duff has taken up a new role with Scottish side Celtic as he departs the role of coach of the Dublin club’s U15s side.
Duff’s potential move to the Scottish giants has been long mooted and the 39-year-old confirmed himself in November that he was in talks with the club about a potential coaching role.
It has been reported that the ‘Duffer’ will take over as Celtic’s U20 coach due to Shaun Moloney departing from that position but that has yet to be confirmed.
In a statement released this evening, Rovers have thanked Duff for his time at the club, including a playing stint in 2015, and described him as a man of “great integrity”.
“As part of an illustrious and celebrated playing career at both club and International level, Damien Duff played with Shamrock Rovers in 2015,” a statement read.
“This was Damien’s first time to experience League of Ireland football. On retirement from playing Damien retained his connection with the Hoops and began his coaching career with our first ever Under 15 National League side in 2017.
“Damien made an immediate impact at the Academy and has affected so many of our young players and coaches during his work within our Academy in his two seasons at SRFC Academy. Many of the boys within the U15 group will progress through our player pathway and got their start under Damien and Academy Director Shane Robinson.
“Damien’s daily presence at our Roadstone training base has helped us achieve our aim to raise standards right across the board. His selflessness, commitment, professionalism and unwavering desire to help improve the young players that he has worked with during his time coaching here at Shamrock Rovers has been incredible.
“Today Damien leaves us to take up his new challenge at Celtic. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Damien for all he has given us in his time at the club. Celtic are not just getting an Irish legend, they are getting a young coach of exceptional potential with an unbelievable work ethic and brilliant football mind. But most of all, they are getting a guy of great integrity.
“Damien, thank you, everyone involved at Shamrock Rovers F.C. wishes you well.”