Celtic name Chris Davies as assistant to Brendan Rodgers’

Chris Davies will be assistant to Brendan Rodgers at Celtic. Picture: SNS

Chris Davies will be assistant to Brendan Rodgers at Celtic. Picture: SNS

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Celtic have announced Chris Davies as their new assistant manager.

The Reading first team coach will take up his new role as No.2 to manager Brendan Rodgers on June 1.

The 31-year-old worked with Rodgers previously at both Reading and Liverpool, working as an assistant coach.

Similar to Rodgers himself, Davies was forced to retire from playing football at a very early age, only 19, before taking up a career in coaching.

Rodgers, unveiled to the Celtic fans on Monday after agreeing to succeed Ronny Deila last week, hailed the appointment of someone he knows and trusts.

He said: “I am delighted to bring Chris to Celtic, he is a magnificent coach and someone I know will make a hugely positive contribution to the club.

“He is ready and prepared for the challenge at Celtic and I know that Chris, like myself, can’t wait to get going next season.

“He has worked with me previously, he is someone I know and trust and he will be a great addition to my team and to the club.”

Chris Davies added: “Celtic is huge club with such a special place in world football. It is a great honour and a proud moment for me to be named assistant manager.

“I saw the scenes at Celtic Park on Monday and there are not many clubs or fans in the world who could have put on such a show.

“We know what Celtic fans bring to the club and we want to reward our fans every week with entertaining football that gets results.

“I have worked with Brendan over a number of years, as a player and a coach, and it will be fantastic to team up with him again. I know all about his affection for Celtic and his appetite for taking on this great job.

“I am looking forward to meeting all the players and staff and working with them to give the supporters a team to be proud of.”

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