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EX-CELT’S RETURN TO DUG-OUT

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FORMER Celtic right-back Mark Wilson is back in football management over two years since quitting as Airdrie boss.

The one-time Scotland international defender has been named new gaffer at League Two side Brechin City and, coinicentally, replaces another ex-Hoops defender Barry Smith who was sacked last month.

Wilson has been out of mainstream football since leaving the Shyberry team after their failure in the league play-offs in 2017.

The 35-year-old has accepted the challenge of trying to get the Glebe Park side back on track following successive relegations and just one win from their first five games in Scotland’s fourth tier.

But Wilson, who made 131 appearances for the Hoops and 157 over two spells at Dundee United, remains optimistic about his chances of turning things around.

HOOPY DAYS…Mark Wilson with the Premiership trophy in 2012.

Speaking to the Daily Record, he said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to manage Brechin City and can’t wait to meet the players and get started.

“We have a squad of players mixed with youth and experience that I believe can improve on the position we currently sit in after five games of the season. Myself and my backroom staff look forward to the challenge and hope we can deliver a successful period for the club.”

Club chairman Ken Ferguson added: “We welcome Mark to Brechin City FC and we look forward to working together to change our fortunes on the pitch and to improve our league position.”

Wilson, who cost the Hoops £400,000 when he joined from the Tannadice outfit in 2006, worked as a media pundit after leaving Airdrie and is delighted to be back in the dug-out.

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