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Steven Hammell: Celtic appoint former Motherwell boss as head of academy coaching

Celtic have appointed Steven Hammell as the club's new head of academy coaching; he was academy director at Motherwell before being promoted to manager; the 41-year-old was sacked by the Fir Park club in February

Steven Hammell was in charge at Motherwell for six months
Image: Steven Hammell was in charge at Motherwell for six months

Steven Hammell has been appointed as Celtic's new head of academy coaching.

The 41-year-old, who was sacked as Motherwell manager in February, will oversee the development of the Club's Youth Academy coaching at all levels.

He was previously the academy director at the Steelmen before being promoted to first-team manager following Graham Alexander's departure at the beginning of last season.

The appointment comes after the Scottish FA instructed clubs to introduce a head of coaching position.

Speaking after his appointment he said: "It is a great honour to join Celtic and I am really excited about the opportunity that has been given to me.

"It is a hugely successful and exciting time for the club at all levels and I am looking forward to making my own contribution to add to the fantastic ongoing work right across our Academy.

"I know the club has a rich history of developing its own young players. It is an important area for the club and I can't wait to get started to play my part in working with our coaches to bring our players through to make their own contribution to this great club at the highest level."

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Celtic's head of academy, Chris McCart added: "Stevie has a great track record in achieving positive outcomes in the development of young players, and I know that through his talent and experience he will play a significant role in this area for the club.

"We are always looking to develop across all areas and his enthusiasm and energy will be hugely beneficial to us going forward."

Celtic's chief executive, Michael Nicholson said: "The Celtic Academy is a vital part of the club. We have seen this season how our Academy teams and players are developing positively, and Stevie's considerable experience and energy will ensure that the club continues to assess and apply new learnings and best practice in coaching and developing our young players.

"We are pleased to welcome him to Celtic and we are sure he will make an important contribution to the club."

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