MX23RW : Sunday, September 27 02:53:04| >> :120:48838:48838:

Gavin Strachan vows to be own man at Celtic

Gavin Strachan vows to be own man at Celtic
© Reuters
The 41-year-old moved from Peterborough assistant manager to become part of Neil Lennon's coaching team.

Gavin Strachan has vowed to be himself in his new role at Celtic after revealing his father never gave him any advice about going to the club.

Celtic's new first-team coach witnessed some big nights at Parkhead when Gordon Strachan was in charge and got an insight into the pressures of managing in Glasgow.

But the 41-year-old never sought or received any fatherly wisdom before making the move from Peterborough assistant manager to become part of Neil Lennon's coaching team.

When asked if his father had given him advice, Strachan told Celtic TV: "He hasn't, he would never do that. He never does that anyway.

"I was lucky enough to be there in some of the big nights during that period. I remember Nakamura's free-kick against Man United in the Champions League, a night I was lucky enough to be there, and also Vennegoor's winning header against Dundee United to secure the title, I was there as well.

"So I know the atmosphere, I know what it means to everybody.  I am just excited to try and bring more of those nights to the fans and the club.

"It's the motivation for anyone joining the club to be part of those big nights and big nights of pressure. Just feeling the stadium when it's like that is such a pull and such an exciting part for anyone involved in football."

Strachan, who has replaced Damien Duff, added: "I hope to be myself, and not try and replicate anything that has been before, and just add ingredients to the management team.

"Everyone has got their own characteristics, and hopefully me being myself will be a positive addition to that team."

Strachan's previous coaching experience has mostly been as assistant to Darren Ferguson, the son of his father's former Aberdeen, Scotland and Manchester United manager.

"You have to challenge yourself, you've got try and come out of your comfort zone, which is clearly what I'm doing," he said.

"It's not lost on me just what an important year it is. I could have shied away from that and carried on in a job that was very comfortable and I was very happy with. But I'm really motivated and excited by the challenge ahead.

"My remit is, obviously, all about winning at a club like Celtic. But there's also a development side to it as well.

"We are very keen to develop our own players, and that's a big part of my background in coaching and that's something that I'm very, very keen to do. The challenge is to align that within a winning culture and a winning philosophy."


Click here for more stories about Gavin Strachan

Click here for more stories about Celtic

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
General view of Celtic Park from 2015
Read Next:
Gavin Strachan named Celtic first-team coach after Damien Duff exit
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
Scottish Premiership
League One
Greek Superleague
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Danish Superliga
Finnish Veikkausliiga
League of Ireland Premier
Welsh Premier League
Belarusian Premier League
Major League Soccer
Uruguayan Primera Division
AFC Champions League
Chinese Super League
J1 League
6Ross County8323711-411
7Dundee UnitedDundee Utd9324714-711
10Hamilton AcademicalHamilton8215613-77
11St Johnstone9216411-77
12St Mirren9216513-87

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!