By Alan Hutton

7th Apr, 2020 | 1:00pm

'Massive loss' - Exclusive: Senior Celtic man quits, pundit claims 'Lennon will be gutted'

Alan Hutton insists that losing Damien Duff as a coach will be a “massive” blow for Celtic this summer.

The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, reveals he has heard great things about the ex-winger from the likes of Robbie Keane.

The Republic of Ireland FA confirmed on Sunday that Duff would be part of Stephen Kenny’s new look coaching staff and that he would take up his role at the start of August.

The Daily Record report that it is likely to be a permanent move for the current Bhoys man, rather than a job share alongside his current position.

Hutton believes losing the 41-year-old will be a bitter pill for manager Neil Lennon to swallow but understands why the former Chelsea man wants to take on a new role.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think it will be a massive loss. He looks a great character every time I’ve seen or heard of him, he seems a brilliant guy.

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“Obviously I know Robbie Keane well and he speaks very highly of him. I can see why he’s went to the international team, it’s obviously a massive part of his life and his career.

“He’s done the Celtic thing, ticked the box and maybe he thinks this is a better opportunity for him. I understand, it’s a massive loss and I think Neil Lennon will be gutted. It’s one of those things that happens in football.” 

Duff joined the Bhoys as a reserve team coach back in January 2019 before being promoted to the first-team a month later after Neil Lennon’s appointment.

He played 100 times for the Republic of Ireland, while he also played for Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Fulham.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider pundit has revealed there are lot of “whispers” surrounding one Hoops star.