'That is great' - Exclusive: McNamara revels in Duff's Celtic training ground reveal

Jackie McNamara admits he is delighted to hear that Celtic coach and former Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff has taken two promising Hoops talents under his wing.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Hoops and Scotland star says that the former Chelsea attacker has plenty of experience to pass on to Lewis Morgan and Mikey Johnston and that the promising forwards will only improve under his tutelage.

Duff told the Celtic View [Vol 55, Issue 18] that he had taken Johnston and Morgan under his wing and joked that he is making the duo’s lives hell in order to improve them as attacking threats for the Hoops.

Having seen Johnston emerge as a regular option for Neil Lennon this season and Morgan picking up game time here and there, McNamara admits he is happy to hear the impact Duff is having on the Bhoys’ squad.

McNamara told Football Insider: “Him saying that is great. He’ll obviously be in there training them, passing on his experiences and helping him in their game.”

Johnston, 20, has played 10 times for Celtic so far this season, scoring three goals and contributing four assists, with a total of 37 first-team appearances under his belt at Parkhead.

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Morgan meanwhile has turned out 12 times across all competitions since the start of the new campaign, although only two of those games have come in the Premiership.

The 23-year-old, who spent part of last season on loan at fallen English giants Sunderland, has 25 Celtic appearances to his name, with his one and only Hoops goal coming in the Europa League qualifier against AIK back in August.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider pundit claims that the Hoops have been handed a significant advantage over Rangers in the hunt for the Premiership title.