Motherwell and Celtic hero Scott McDonald believes the head coach job at Gold Coast Knights is a perfect first step for his post-playing career.

The Australian has taken up the role at the Queensland National Premier League club, retiring after a stint with A-League team Western Sydney Wanderers. McDonald spent a large portion of his playing days in Scottish football, most notably with Motherwell then Celtic. There were also spells at Dundee United and Partick Thistle.

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The former Motherwell and Celtic man is moving into management. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

McDonald said of the move (KL): “I have been to meet the players. I have been there myself, with the future uncertain with what lies ahead. So it’s been good to get a real feel for it. I am really buzzing and really excited to start the next stage of my career. It’s a totally different feeling walking into a changing room as a head coach.

“Everyone looks to you to be their leader. I’m not going to ask the players to do anything I can’t do. I want to bring an extra dimension of professionalism to the football club. To see what is at our disposal is fantastic. I can’t wait to get involved, but I had to make a tough decision in terms of retiring.

“My ambition has always been to become a manager – it was just a case of when. Now was a good time. My family are settled. That was more important than my career so I’m just thankful that I have been given this opportunity.”

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