By Paul Robinson

23rd Sep, 2021 | 1:45pm

McElhone agrees 'Huge' Celtic deal as another Tottenham man joins - pundit

Paul Robinson has emphasised the “huge” importance of sport science in today’s game after Celtic appointed Anton McElhone as their new head of sport science. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper suggested the 40-year-old would be Ange Postecoglou’s “right hand man in many respects”.

As reported by the Glasgow Times (21st September), the Hoops have appointed ex-Tottenham fitness coach Anton McElhone as head of sports science.

McElhone, who had a brief spell managing Morton, replaces Jack Nayler after he left the Bhoys earlier this year to join RB Leipzig.

Robinson claimed the appointment is “incredibly important” to the welfare of Celtic’s players.

“Sport science is becoming increasingly important in football,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“It used to be just someone who would take you for a run and make the milkshakes and drinks. Now it is incredibly important to the game.

“There is prehab and rehab. There is a lot that goes into injury prevention and fitness.

“The head of sport science is quite often a crutch for a manager because they monitor the load on managers and relay to the manager what certain players can or can’t do.

“It is very intense and time consuming so a manager cannot physically do that on his own. The head of sport science is the manager’s right-hand man in many respects. It is a huge role in today’s game.”

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