SHAUN MALONEY, Celtic’s new academy coach, believes his experiences as a player at the club will be beneficial in the role.

The 34-year-old former Scotland international called time on his playing days to rejoin the Hoops for a third time and accept the challenge of working with the Parkhead Under-20 side.

Maloney said: “I understand the position the players are in and I think that does help when I talk to them. I’m a lot more understanding of what they are going through and what they’re striving for.

“I think that’s something that will benefit the players. I’m pretty sure it will and it will benefit me that I know how to speak to them.

”I’ve taken an interest in the coaching side the past few years and I don’t think I could have asked for a better start to come in and assist Tommy McIntyre with the Under-20s to get to learn off the first team staff and the manager.

“We have a manager who wants to benefit these players and it’s our job to help the players become the best they can.

“I want to improve each player, then improve the team and try to replicate tactical ideas that the manager has.”

Episode 8 of ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ finds Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham discussing a variety of topical subjects concerning Celtic Football Club, including:

* The quest for 7-in-a-row begins;
* Jozo Šimunović: Made of Stone;
* The Champions League – Astana preview;
* James Forrest: The enigma;
* Nir Bitton – Case for the defence.


This week’s big interview is with legendary Scottish football broadcaster, Archie Macpherson, who speaks about Jock Stein, Neilly Mochan, Charlie Tully and John McPhail, as we approach the 60th anniversary of the 7-1 game.

50,000 Celtic fans can’t be wrong…

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