Hearts have announced John McLaughlan as academy coaching development manager at Tynecastle, who leaves his role with Celtic youngsters to take up the position.

The Edinburgh side have been promoted back to the cinch Premiership ahead of the 2021/22 season and have made behind the scenes appointments this summer. Steven Naismith has retired to take up a role working with academy players as football development manager and now McLaughlan joins from Celtic.

The Celtic coach has joined Hearts. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A statement reads: “Heart of Midlothian Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of John McLaughlan as its Academy Coaching Development Manager. The hugely experienced coach joins the Jambos as part of Sporting Director Joe Savage’s football department.

“A former player with Partick Thistle, John cut his coaching teeth with the Jags and Livingston before joining the youth set up at Celtic in the mid noughties. He would go on to coach the U17s, U19s and lead the intermediate academy during a 17-year spell at Celtic Park.

“He takes up his new role at Tynecastle with the aim of ensuring the best coaching methods are in place at youth level in order to progress the club’s young players towards the first team.”

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