Shaun Maloney has been appointed as the new development coach of the Celtic U20 team for the upcoming season.

The appointment of Maloney does not come as a shock, after it was recently confirmed that he was to quit his playing career giving his physical condition and the news was confirmed on Celtic’s website.

Jim McGuinness recently quit his role as the U20’s coach working under Tommy McIntyre, to pursue a career in China.

The former forward has strong links at Parkhead, as he spent a total of 10 years there as a player. Maloney is a positive addition to the coaching team as he knows what it takes to play for Celtic.

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The 34-year-old has no coaching experience, however he will have a strong group of mentors which will help him to adapt to his new role swiftly.

As a player at the Hoops, Maloney won five Scottish Premiership titles, five Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups.

The Scotsman will be determined to add to those honours as a coach, and bring the U20’s to their peak.

Maloney does not have long to get to know his squad and plan for the season ahead. However, he will aim to develop the players capable of playing for the first-team in the near future, who will look follow in his foot steps coming through the ranks at Celtic.

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