Celtic have brought in Anton McElhone as the club’s new head of sports science, report The Glasgow Evening Times.
The Lowdown: McElhone profiled
McElhone is 40 years of age and left Championship side Morton back in March following a stint as caretaker manager.
The 4-2-3-1 style coach appears to have become Ange Postecoglou’s first backroom staff appointment, although the Hoops have yet to confirm the news on their official website.
The Latest: Celtic arrival
According to The Glasgow Evening Times, McElhone has made the move to Parkhead and takes over from Jack Nayler, who left the club for RB Leipzig back in the summer.
Well-known Celtic page @Celtic1967_com said ‘it is believed the appointment will help the players meet Ange’s high fitness demands.’
The Verdict: Much-needed
Frank McAvennie recently labelled it ‘a joke’ that Postecoglou was yet to bring in his own staff, so hopefully, the Hoops boss was involved in bringing McElhone to Glasgow.
Postecoglou admitted back in July that the club needed more sports science staff to help the squad through the season, and it seems as if they have bolstered that department with an under-the-radar move for McElhone.
You’d expect the pair to work closely at Lennoxtown, and the main aim could be to increase the fitness of the Celtic squad ahead of a busy campaign.
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