Hearts sporting director Joe Savage says John McLaughlan’s arrival at Tynecastle from Celtic is ‘hugely exciting.’

McLaughlan has left his role as a coach at Celtic – where he has spent the last 17 years – to become Hearts’ new academy coaching development manager ahead of the cinch Premiership season. Savage has already appointed Steven Naismith as football development manager and reckons McLaughlan is a top appointment at Tynecastle.

McLaughlan has left Celtic for Hearts.
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He said: “I’m really happy that we’ve managed to bring John on board. He has a wealth of experience in the game here in Scotland and, crucially, he has specialised in youth development. It’s no secret that we’re focusing a lot on creating a pathway from youth level to the first team.

“To have John here passing on his knowledge and mentoring our youth coaches is hugely exciting. To get someone in like John who is so established in academy football to really believe in the vision we have set out, and for him to be the one to deliver it, is a definite coup for us.”

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