McGuinness’s high rating at Celtic no surprise to Donegal’s Murphy

Donegal captain Michael Murphy is not surprised in the slightest that Jim McGuinness is a man in demand at Celtic.

New manager Ronny Deila has been quoted as saying he wants the 2012 All-Ireland SFC winning boss more involved in the club.

McGuinness, 41, currently works as a performance coach with the youth sides in Glasgow, but Deila appears to have bigger designs for him.

That may put the Glenties man under pressure to step down from his role with the county.

He is currently in the final season of a four-year agreement.

“I’m not surprised but he wouldn’t be coming home and telling all us about it,” said captain Murphy.

“It’s been fantastic for him and he’s been an absolute credit.

“His enthusiasm is brilliant and he’s never missed a training session in two years. Testament to the man.

“Making that initial decision, he had to weigh up all the options.

“We see the best of him here and I’m sure Celtic see the best of them there. I’m sure he’s brought some of their learnings to us.

“They’re different sports but it’s a team environment and he’s such a great teacher.”

Murphy said he hasn’t heard any of the rumours suggesting Mark McHugh will soon return to the Donegal panel.

McHugh, an All Star in 2012, left the panel just prior to the Ulster championship.

“It’s the same story. The door is always open for Mark. As far as I know, he’s in New York and I suppose that’s the first and last that I’ve heard of it.”


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