Jimmy's winning matches again . . . and no blanket in sight


Jimmy's winning matches again . . . and no blanket in sight
Tom Comack sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Jim McGuinness, former Donegal All-Ireland winning manager, is back winning matches again and there is a not a blanket in sight.

The man who guided Donegal to thJree Ulster Senior Championship titles and the county’s second All-Ireland crown in 2012, is coach of the Glasgow Celtic Youth (U-19) team.

And on Saturday McGuinness (pictured) and the Celtic Youths got their Scottish Youth Cup campaign off to a winning start with a whopping 21-0 win over Edinburgh City.

The game, a fourth round tie, was played in Glasgow and as the scoreline suggests for a man much maligned for his defensive system of football during his time managing Donegal, there was no blanket defence.

It was all out attack for the Celtic cubs, who scored ten of the goals in the first half.

Calvin Miller hit five of the goals, Kristoffer Ajer scored four, Michael Johnston ended the game with a hat-trick and P J Crossan, Jack Aitcheson posted two each.

Mark Hill, Regan Hendry, Sam Wardrop, Theo Archibald and Anthony Ralston were the others to get their name on the scoresheet.

Celtic were among 15 teams in the competition that had received a bye into the fourth round for reaching the fourth round last year.

Edinburgh City already had a game under their belts and were impressive 3-1 winners over Preston Athletic in their first round game.

McGuinness, who is the psychological and performance coach to the Celtic senior squad, is also youth development officer at the club.

In this role the former Donegal manager has been entrusted with the responsibility of developing young players and bringing them through the clubs under age acadamies.

His role as coach with the Youth team is part of his process of getting his UEFA coaching badges.

During Jim McGuinness’s four years in the top job in Donegal, they reached four Ulster finals and two All-Ireland finals.

And before his appointment responsibility for the seniors, McGuinness also guided Donegal U-21s to Ulster championship success and within the width of a crossbar of winning an All-Ireland U-21 crown.