Shaun Maloney returns to Celtic as under-20s coach
The former Scotland international will develop young players for the first team.
Celtic have announced Shaun Maloney has joined the club's coaching staff, taking up a role as a development coach with the club's under 20s.
The 34-year old has brought his playing career to an end after leaving Hull City and begins his coaching career at the club where he enjoyed two successful spells as a player.
Maloney, who has 47 Scotland caps, made his debut for Celtic in 2000 and went on to win five league titles, five Scottish Cups and three League Cups over his two spells in Glasgow.
The former player had been linked with a move to Aberdeen as a player but that fell through due to injury.
Celtic first-team coach John Kennedy believes his former teammate is the ideal candidate to help prepare the club's young players for the rigours of first team football.
"He will bring a lot," said Kennedy. "He's decided himself he wants to stop playing and move into coaching side of the game.
"The manager had a chat, the club have had a chat with him and they were happy to bring him on board. What he will bring here is his personality and character, he's a model professional.
"He's a guy that a lot of the first team guys would look up to, never mind the young players, so the young players have someone there who is very professional and when he does thing, he does things properly."
"So he will bring a lot to the table."
'He's a guy that a lot of the first team guys would look up to, never mind the young players.'John Kennedy
Kennedy added: "Obviously Tommy McIntyre has been working there (with the under 20s) on his own through pre-season so it brings another body in to give contact time to the young players, which is vitally important.
"He's someone I've known well for a very long time, a good friend of mine. He's got a lot of knowledge of the game.
"When they sat down I think the manager realised that he's very much on the same page as we are, in terms of how we want the game to be played and how we see things moving forward so it's important that transfers down to the young players.
"We have to prepare our young players like we prepare the first team guys in order for them to put in performances like they did against Kilmarnock on Tuesday, so he's a great candidate."