Former Kilmarnock and Celtic man Massimo Donati has taken his first steps into management with Italian side AS Sambenedettese.

The former midfielder – who featured in Scotland for Celtic, St Mirren and Hamilton Academical as a player – has been appointed manager of the Italian third tier side. It’s a new test for the Italian after coaching experience with Kilmarnock didn’t turn out the way he would have hoped.

Massimo Donati is back in football over in Italy.

Massimo Donati is back in football over in Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Donati worked with Angelo Alessio during the Italian’s stint as Rugby Park manager, but he left in 2019 alongside Alessio after just six months in the job. He has since worked in the media but the former Celtic and Hamilton man has decided to return to football coaching in the lower leagues of Italy with Sambenedettese.

The 40-year-old had experience at the top level of Italian football as a player, starting out at Atalanta, while also featuring for AC Milan, Parma, Torino, Sampdoria, Palermo, and Hellas Verona.

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