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Video: Damien Duff Says He’d Swim to Scotland for the Chance to be a Celtic Coach

Video: Damien Duff Says He’d Swim to Scotland for the Chance to be a Celtic Coach

Republic of Ireland legend Damien Duff has confirmed he’s in talks with Celtic over a possible coaching role, whilst admitting he’d love the opportunity to work for the Premiership champions.

One of the best wingers in Europe in his heyday, the former Chelsea and Newcastle man is now retired, and currently coaching at Shamrock Rovers.

However, various tabloid reports surfaced yesterday suggesting Duff was in contention to be the Hoops’ new Under-20 boss, and now the 39-year-old has confirmed it’s on the cards.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Champions League coverage this evening, via The42, Duff explained: “I spoke to them last week, I went over to the training ground, obviously so impressive.

“For me and most Irish men, it’s the biggest club in the world. There’s a role going there with the reserves and we’re still talking to them.

“Listen, what route am I going to go down after football? That’s all I know, I don’t have a school education, nothing, so I can’t go down that route so absolutely obsessed with football, obsessed with learning and improving, and that could be an amazing environment to do so.

“When there are kids involved, it’s obviously hard and emotional thing to do…maybe I’ll have to bribe them with getting a dog.

“I’m afraid of dogs, so I’ll obviously have to rent two houses over there. It’s an amazing club and something will hopefully happen.”

Duff has a number of factors to consider, not least a young family based in Dublin, but added he would ‘swim over to work there’ if the opportunity presented itself.

What do you think of Duff’s comments? Could he add to Celtic’s backroom talent?

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