BRENDAN RODGERS has added analyst Jack Lyons to his Celtic backroom staff.
The Scot left the Parkhead side to follow the Irishman when he departed for Leicester City in February 2019.
Now the pair are poised to be reunited at the champions following Rodgers’ appointment last month after the exit of Ange Postecoglou for Spurs.
Lyons is a respected tactical analyst and his return is welcomed by the second time-around gaffer who was massively impressed by his input during his first spell after replacing Ronny Deila in May 2016.
The former blogger was employed in a first-team post-match analyst’s role at the King Power Stadium.
England international midfielder James Maddison who quit the relegated Midlands club for Postecoglou’s London club in a £40million deal last month, handed out massive praise to Lyons for raising his game to a new level.
The playmaker, speaking in a report in The Scottish Sun, said: “I remember a game we played Sheffield United, I always watch the games back and Jamie Carragher said in Sky commentary that ‘James Maddison needs to get his numbers up if he wants to be challenging for the England spots and being talked about’.
“Me, the gaffer and Jack the analyst sat down – Jack will be buzzing that I name-dropped him.
“We sat down and looked at where I could get more goals.
“Playing a bit deeper, little things like breaking into the box, getting beyond that line and almost smelling where the ball is going to drop. It is not an easy thing to do.
“That is something I will keep improving on, scoring goals, because everybody wants numbers.”
Lyons will now join assistant boss John Kennedy and coaches Gavin Strachan and Harry Kewell in Rodgers’ back-up staff.