Gavin Strachan confirmed as Celtic's new first team coach

Celtic have confirmed the appointment of Gavin Strachan, son of their former manager Gordon, as first team coach.

13/07/07 PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY 
PETERBOROUGH UTD v CELTIC (1-2) 
LONDON ROAD - PETERBOROUGH 
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan's son Gavin takes the field for Peterborough
13/07/07 PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY PETERBOROUGH UTD v CELTIC (1-2) LONDON ROAD - PETERBOROUGH Celtic boss Gordon Strachan's son Gavin takes the field for Peterborough

The 41-year-old, a former Scotland under-21 international, leaves his position as assistant manager at Peterborough United. He replaces Damien Duff at Celtic, the Irishman having left this summer, to work alongside manager Neil Lennon and his assistant John Kennedy.

“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,” said Strachan.

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“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 9 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.”

Celtic boss Lennon, who played and coached at the club under Strachan’s father, expressed his satisfaction at the addition to his staff.

“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,” said Lennon.

“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.”

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