Celtic provides Adam Ashgar and Jonny Hayes Academy update

Celtic this afternoon released a short update on the Celtic Academy roles for the new season confirming two appointments and new roles for the two Celtic B Team head coaches from last season.

Darren O’Dea (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

The update reads as follows:

‘Celtic Football Club is pleased to announce a number of new developments within its Academy structure. 
Former Celtic captain Stephen McManus has been confirmed as the club’s B Team Head Coach, with Darren O’Dea recently moving to the role of Celtic’s Professional Player Pathway Manager.
We are delighted to now announce that Stephen will be supported by Jonny Hayes, who will take up the role of B Team coach.’

More details are available via the official Celtic FC website.

‘Adam Ashgar, previously Southampton’s Under-21 head coach, has joined Celtic as lead coach with our U18 team. Adam will be joined by Chris Hendry as U18 coach. Chris has been with the Academy for a number of years and now takes on this new role.’

Chris McCart, Head of Celtic’s Youth Academy, said:

Aberdeen v Celtic – Jonny Hayesand Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers prior to cinch Premiership match at the Pittodrie Sunday August 13, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

“We are really pleased to announce these new appointments.  Our B Team will be in great hands under Stephen and we are delighted that Jonny has joined the coaching team to assist in the development of our young players.

“Adam has great coaching experience, too, so we are pleased to welcome him to Celtic to work alongside Chris Hendry who has a wealth of knowledge of the Academy,” Chris McCart.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers added:

“We are delighted to make these new appointments. Stephen is an excellent coach who knows the club inside out and he will do a fantastic job as our B Team Head Coach, and I am really pleased to welcome Jonny back to Celtic. I know his ability, energy and his passion for developing younger players will be really useful to us.

“We are also delighted to welcome Adam and Chris to their new roles and I am sure they will be very successful in working with our U18 players and giving them that opportunity to progress through our levels at Celtic, a hugely important area for us and something we want to see more and more of in the future,” Brendan Rodgers.

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