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Gavin Strachan: I'm determined to help extend club's great success

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THIS week, Celtic welcomed the appointment of Gavin Strachan as first team coach following the departure of Damien Duff earlier this month. The former Peterborough United assistant manager joins Neil Lennon and John Kennedy in the Hoops dugout, and has spent this week meeting and working with the players at Lennoxtown.

The 41-year-old has in turn been impressed with the fitness levels and work-rate of the squad, and savours the challenges that lie ahead – not least competing for a 10th successive league championship in the forthcoming campaign.

“The standards are high, I can see that from certain individuals already and that’s great to see,” said Gavin Strachan in an exclusive interview with Celtic TV. “They’ve got a great team ethic that’s used to excellence and winning, and I just want to be a part of that if I can.

“My remit is, obviously, all about winning. At a club like Celtic, that’s expected. But there’s also a development side to it as well. We are very keen to develop our own players, and that’s a big part of my background in coaching and that’s something that I’m very keen to do here. The challenge is to align that within a winning culture and a winning philosophy.

“I’m delighted to have joined to the club, to have got the deal done and to have got cracking at Lennoxtown. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but it was good to see the quality of the players and the coaching staff today. I’m really determined to help the guys achieve their objectives.”

Celtic’s new first team coach now can’t wait to hit the ground running when the Scottish football calendar kicks off, and likewise looks forward to putting his own imprint on the champions’ style of play.

He added: “I hope to be myself, and add ingredients to the management team. Everyone has got their own characteristics, and hopefully me being myself will be a positive addition to that team. You have to challenge yourself, you’ve got try and come out of your comfort zone, which is clearly what I’m doing.

“It’s not lost on me just what an important year it is. I could have shied away from that and carried on with a job that was comfortable and I was very happy with. But I’m really motivated and excited by the challenge ahead.”

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