Confirmed: Celtic clinch deal for 31-year-old from Championship after paperwork finalised
By Alex Stevens
Celtic have appointed Chris Davies as assistant manager to new boss Brendan Rodgers, the club confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
Davies has worked alongside Rodgers at Swansea and Liverpool and will start his new role at Parkhead on 1 June after leaving his current position as first-team coach at Championship club Reading.
The 31-year-old only joined the Royals coaching staff in January but the lure of the Scottish champions and linking up with Rodgers again has proved too strong for him.
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Rodgers told the Celtic website: “I am delighted to bring Chris to Celtic, he is a magnificent coach and someone I know will make a hugely positive contribution to the club.
“He is ready and prepared for the challenge at Celtic and I know that Chris, like myself, can’t wait to get going next season.
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“He has worked with me previously, he is someone I know and trust and he will be a great addition to my team and to the club.”
Davies added: “Celtic is huge club with such a special place in world football. It is a great honour and a proud moment for me to be named assistant manager.
“I saw the scenes at Celtic Park on Monday and there are not many clubs or fans in the world who could have put on such a show.
“We know what Celtic fans bring to the club and we want to reward our fans every week with entertaining football that gets results.
“I have worked with Brendan over a number of years, as a player and a coach, and it will be fantastic to team up with him again. I know all about his affection for Celtic and his appetite for taking on this great job.
Davies followed Rodgers to Merseyside following the Northern Irishman’s appointment in the summer of 2012.
Rodgers was appointed the successor to Ronny Deila at Parkhead last Friday seven months after being sacked by Liverpool.
Davies has left Reading on good terms, despite his short-term stay, with a statement on the club’s website saying: “Everyone at the club would like to thank Chris for his hard work throughout the second half of last season and wish him every success in his future career. ”
In other Celtic news, the club have clinched a striker deal following a breakthrough in talks.