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Harry Kewell joins Celtic backroom staff under Ange Postecoglu as Stephen McManus switches roles

Former Leeds United and Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell has joined fellow countryman Ange Postecoglu at Celtic in the club’s coaching staff.

The 43-year-old, who won the Champions League with club Anfield, has been named Premiership champions first-team coach in a reshuffle that sees Stephen McManus move to the Premiership B team ‘crew.

The former Australia international previously coached in the lower echelons of English football with Crawley Town, Notts County, Oldham and Barnet.

He has been without a club since being sacked by the Bees last September after seven games without a win.

He told the Celtic website: “I look forward to joining Ange, the coaching staff and the players for the challenges ahead and hope to play my part in our future success.

“To turn things around and become champions so quickly is a huge testament to Ange and everyone else at the club.

“The manager is synonymous with attacking and exciting football, something he achieved last season and something I know Celtic fans have loved across generations.

“We will aim to give our fans more of the same in the future and I look forward to playing my part in bringing that to our supporters.”

Former Celtic defender McManus, meanwhile, will now work alongside Tommy McIntyre with the Lowland League’s second string.

Postecoglu added: “I am really delighted that Harry has agreed to join my team. He knows the game at the highest level perfectly and wants to play football as I and my team see it.

“I know he is hugely enthusiastic about joining Celtic, he is well aware of the scale of the club, of our ambitions and I know he will make a very positive difference for my team.

“I was keen to restructure our training structure, a key part of that was having a strong link between the first team and the B team training structures – and Stephen’s role will also be hugely important for us. as we look to get that conveyor belt of talent going from the B team straight through to the first team.