Damien Duff is leaving the Shamrock Rovers Under Age coaching set up to take a position with Celtic.
He will manage their U20 team and work alongside members of Brendan Rogers coaching staff as he develops his own credentials following on from a great playing career.
Duff played a part of the 2015 season with Shamrock Rovers, after a career which saw him play at the highest level across Britain, Europe and the World.
He was in charge of the clubs first U15 team taking part in the National League in 2017 and again last season. His presence was a major boost to the fledgeling National League at this level but it was perhaps inevitable that he would move on to more senior levels.
He is likely to continue his presence as a regular panellist with RTÉ Sport on their TV coverage.
In a statement issued yesterday, Shamrock Rovers paid tribute to the impact he had on the club’s young players.
“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.”
“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 a brilliant football mind. But most of all, they are getting a guy of great integrity.”