Celtic hire Jim McGuinness as performance consultant

Celtic
© PA Photos
The manager of Gaelic football side Donegal Jim McGuinness is unveiled as Celtic's new performance consultant.

Celtic have announced the appointment of part-time performance consultant Jim McGuinness, manager of Gaelic football outfit Donegal.

It has been reported that the 39-year-old will remain in his current post with the All-Ireland winners, while also committing two days a week to the Scottish Premier League club.

McGuinness, who will be working primarily on the youth setup at Celtic Park, thanked manager Neil Lennon for the opportunity to break into professional sport.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me on an individual level and I'm very thankful to Neil Lennon for giving me this chance and bringing me into the club," said McGuinness.

"Obviously I work in amateur sport and the opportunity to work in professional sport in any capacity is a wonderful chance for me and one I'm very [much] looking forward to."

McGuinness outlined his objective with the Glasgow club, stating that his aim to to improve youth development.

"You are really looking to create a finished product that is good enough to be pushing for the first team and creating a stronger squad at the club," he added. "We will hopefully look at every single player as an individual project and move them forward as best we can.

"We started off at Donegal at a very low base, a low level, but we have worked very hard in moving the thing forward and getting people to up a level and ultimately getting success on the pitch.

"So I suppose Neil [Lennon] was looking in at that and watching that unfold. I was invited over then saw around the facilities and met all the coaching staff and the support people."

The former footballer was present during Celtic's win over Barcelona on Wednesday.

Premier League
League Cup
Championship
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
11am
Valencia
vs
Real Sociedad
4pm
Eibar
vs
Athletic Bilbao
6pm
Sevilla
vs
Atletico
8pm
Real Madrid
vs
Villarreal
Serie A
11.30am
Cagliari
vs
Hellas Verona
2pm
Atalanta
vs
Sampdoria
2pm
Cesena
vs
Udinese
2pm
Genoa
vs
Parma
2pm
Palermo
vs
Empoli
2pm
Sassuolo
vs
Lazio
5pm
Inter Milan
vs
Fiorentina
7.45pm
Torino
vs
Napoli
Bundesliga
2.30pm
Borussia M'bach
vs
SC Paderborn
4.30pm
Werder Bremen
vs
Wolfsburg
Ligue 1
1pm
Nantes
vs
Guingamp
4pm
Montpellier
vs
Nice
8pm
Monaco
vs
PSG
Eredivisie
11.30am
SBV Excelsior
vs
Heerenveen
1.30pm
Groningen
vs
ADO Den Haag
1.30pm
FC Utrecht
vs
Feyenoord
3.45pm
PSV
vs
Ajax
A-League
Tables