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By Alex Stevens

Celtic have appointed Glen Driscoll as head of performance as Brendan Rodgers’ backroom team continued to take shape, the club confirmed on Friday evening.

Driscoll has worked alongside Rodgers at Swansea and Liverpool and will start his new role at Parkhead on 1 June.

Driscoll also spent nine years at Chelsea where he worked with managers such as Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti across the areas of performance, fitness and conditioning, physiotherapy and injury prevention.

Celtic released to statement to announce the arrival of another trusted member of Rodgers’ backroom team following the appointment of assistant manager Chris Davies earlier in the week.

Rodgers told the Celtic website: “Bringing Glen to Celtic is great news for our players who will benefit from the huge breadth of knowledge he has across all areas of performance.

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“The experience he will bring to the club will be invaluable to our players and I know he will work very well with the excellent medical and performance staff already at the club.

“Performance, fitness, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and injury prevention are all crucial elements in the modern game and we will be using Glen’s wide range of skills to ensure we achieve the highest standards across these areas.

“Glen’s talent in this area has been a massive support to me at both Liverpool and Swansea and I know he will deliver great work and great benefits to our players at Celtic.”

Driscoll followed Rodgers to Merseyside following the Northern Irishman’s appointment in the summer of 2012.

Rodgers was appointed eight days ago as the successor to Ronny Deila at Parkhead, seven months after being sacked by Liverpool.

In other Celtic news, the club have clinched a striker deal following a breakthrough in talks.