Ronny Deila believes that Haakon Lunov will bring a unique skill set to his role at Celtic.
The 31-year-old will arrive at the club tomorrow to take up his role as first team coach and help Deila impose his academic approach on the club.
Lunov was a key part of the extended backroom team that Deila put together at Stromsgodset with the new man at Celtic having a background in education and video analysis as well as coaching.
After bringing Lunov to Stromsgodset Deila said: “Haakon has extreme expertise in analysis, he is ambitious and very concerned with development. We have long been looking for such kind and has now received a great resource.”
The duo worked together at Stromsgodset for three years culminating in winning the 2013 Norwegian title.
Lunov studied at Liverpool’s John Moores University and came to Deila’s attention working with Odd Grenland despite never having played the game.
After moving to Stromsgodset Lunov said: “I think there is a need for graduates in football. In most big clubs in Europe there is a mix of coaches with a playing and academic background.”
Lunov didn’t play football at any level but while studying Science & Football in Liverpool began some video analysis at Everton.
His arrival at Celtic will give Deila an invaluable sounding board as well as bringing a new dimension to the backroom team supporting the Celtic first team.
Other appointments to be the backroom team are expected with Donegal coach Jim McGuinness already earmarked for a first team role after 18 months working with the development squad.
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