Ex-Rangers and Republic of Ireland youth star signs Irish coaching deal
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Ex-Rangers and Republic of Ireland youth star signs Irish coaching deal

Former Rangers and Republic of Ireland youth international striker Jon Daly has agreed a deal to join Irish Premier Division side St Patrick’s Athletic as assistant manager.

The former Gers and Dundee United striker, 38, will join under manager Tim Clancy after St Pat’s finished runners up in the most recent Irish Premier Division season behind Shamrock Rovers.

Jon Daly spent two years playing for Rangers in the mid-2010s. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Returning to the Republic of Ireland after 23 years away in football, Jon Daly has expressed his excitement about signing the deal.

“I’m delighted to be joining the club. I’ve known Tim for a long time since we played against each other in Scotland and did our coaching badges together,” said Jon Daly [St Pat’s].

“I’ve always kept an eye on his coaching career and how he’s been doing and we kept in contact. He did a fantastic job at Drogheda in his first job in management.

“It didn’t take me too long to accept his offer to join, it’s a really exciting opportunity for me and one I’m really looking forward to.

“I went away at 15 and had a career in professional football, I was very lucky to live that but now I have the opportunity to come back home and help the players at St Pat’s.

“I’ve heard great things about the club, the first team and also the brilliant academy and people involved.”

Jon Daly praised Rangers fans after two-year Ibrox stint

Powerful striker Jon Daly carved out a successful career in Scotland after initially moving to England and started his career with Stockport County.

Stints with Bury, Grimsby Town and Hartlepool would follow before Jon was signed by Dundee United, the team with which he is most synonymous in his career.

After six years at Tannadice, Jon Daly would sign for Rangers in a deal that saw the striker subjected to abuse – from outside Ibrox and Rangers circles – due to his Irish Catholic heritage.

However, the striker has previously brushed this off and is adamant he enjoyed his time at Ibrox, claiming “Rangers fans were excellent with me, they were really welcoming and I never had any real issues with them” [Glasgow Times]

The big striker is more synonymous with his time at Dundee United. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Jon Daly spent two seasons at Rangers during the club’s tumultuous climb back up the lower divisions, the striker playing 72 times between League One and the Championship, scoring 29 goals.

Daly isn’t the only ex-Rangers forward whose been announced as an assistant manager this month either, as one high-profile ex-Ger gets stuck in at an underperforming side.