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'It's The Only Club I Would Have Left Ireland For' - Damien Duff On Celtic Move

'It's The Only Club I Would Have Left Ireland For' - Damien Duff On Celtic Move

Damien Duff has said he would not have left Ireland for any other club, but the offer to become reserve team coach at boyhood club Celtic was too good to turn down.

The former Ireland international had been part of the coaching staff at Shamrock Rovers, and was enjoying life at the Dublin club. He could not his back on a move to the Scottish champions, however, and has been loving life in Glasgow so far during his short stay.

I have been here 10 days and I have loved every minute of it.

When I went through the interview process six to eight weeks ago, it was the only club I would have left Ireland for, brought my family and took my kids out of school.

If anyone else had come calling - not that they did - it was the only club I would have left for, that's how happy I am. I've had the kits all the way through. Celtic and Man United were my teams.

Obviously, the club is massive and I think you know the Irish connection anyway, no one has to teach you that back home, it is in your blood from the day you are born.

The next best thing when you finish is obviously coaching and the next best thing for me, I didn't play for Celtic, but to come and coach here is top class.

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The move has reunited Duff with Brendan Rodgers, who he would have crossed paths with during the former Liverpool manager's time as a coach at Chelsea. The 100 cap international says that the two would often discuss their love of Celtic while at the London club.

That's where I got to know him. He was brilliant with me there. We would talk about Celtic when we were there.

It is obviously my dream club and it was his dream club then, he was always a Celtic fan and we would have a bit of craic and banter back then, 15, 16 years ago.

We go back a long way, but I wasn't offered the job just because Brendan is here. I went through the interview process like everyone else and worked hard for it.

He is definitely an inspiration and influence, he is one of the best in the world.

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Gary Connaughton

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