All-Ireland winning Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has joined Celtic as a performance consultantJim McGuinness has joined Celtic as a performance consultant after leading Donegal to the All-Ireland title.
The 39-year-old will be based at Lennoxtown and will help in the development of the club’s young players, and told Celtic's official website that he was grateful to Bhoys boss Neil Lennon for the appointment. "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," McGuinness said.
"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 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."
McGuinness has not stepped down as Donegal manager, and could combine the roles next year with assistant manager Rory Gallagher expected to take on more responsibility with the Ulster Senior GAA champions.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon spoke highly of his new recruit, telling the club's official website: "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."