Report: Damien Duff In Talks With Celtic Over Potential Coaching Role

Former Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff has reportedly held talks with Scottish champions Celtic over a role with Brendan Rodgers backroom staff.

The Scottish Sun are reporting that Duff knows Brendan Rogers well from his time at Chelsea and that the former blue could be an ideal fit for the currently vacant role of U20s coach at the club.

The Hoops have been searching for a replacement for Shaun Maloney after the former Scottish International stepped away from his position at Celtic Park to join Roberto Martinez as part of the Belgian international setup.

Duff is currently the manager of the Shamrock Rovers U15s and the report outlines that the former Irish international faces stiff competition for the job with “dozens” of applications being submitted over the last number of months.

Speaking during the week, Duff outlined that his former boss Mick McCarthy was the perfect man for the Irish job but criticised the FAI’s decision to cap his reign at just two years.

“Mick is the outstanding candidate for me. Stephen Kenny has done an amazing job with Dundalk but to bring stability back to the whole organisation, Mick is your man.

“He’s a man you’ll follow. A proper personality, a football man.

“Mick’s successor being announced already is unheard of in football. I find it strange, a bit mad. John (Delaney) says this is the new pathway, the new vision, hopefully, it is a masterstroke but we’ll see.

“There are so many what-ifs. What if Mick does amazingly well, gets us to the Euros, to the quarters, semis or final? (Then) He has to stay on.

“I’d like to know what’s in the small print. I can see Mick doing well and for him to walk away after two great years… it’s crazy stuff.

Whether or not Duff gets the role remains to be seen but there’s no doubt that it would another excellent step up the managerial ladder for the former Chelsea man.

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