FORMER Celtic coach Damien Duff has been appointed manager of Shelbourne’s Under-17s side.

The Republic of Ireland legend reluctantly left his Hoops post for family reasons while returning to his homeland to take up a post as Stephen Kenny’s No.2 in the revamped international set-up following the departure of ex-Celt Mick McCarthy.

The 41-year-old highly-rated coach, who had been brought to Parkhead by former gaffer Brendan Rodgers only a month before his exit for Leicester City in February last year, has now decided to also work for the Dublin club, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

Duff will work with the team’s youngsters and previously worked in a similar capacity with Shamrock Rovers’ Under-15s squad for two seasons before joining up at Parkhead.

The nine-in-a-row champions, of course, were swift to replace Duff with Gavin Strachan, son of former boss Gordon, who quit as assistant manager at Peterborough to move to Glasgow at the weekend.

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