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Celtic fans react as Andreas Hinkel lands Bundesliga job

Youth coach and former player Andreas Hinkel attends the presentation of the new VFB Stuttgart Young Talents Center on November 26, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Former Celtic star Hinkel has gone into management.

Youth coach and former player Andreas Hinkel attends the presentation of the new VFB Stuttgart Young Talents Center on November 26, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Andreas Hinkel has been given the role of Stuttgart's new interim manager after Tayfun Korkut became the Bundesliga's first managerial casualty of the season - and some Celtic fans have reacted with delight.

Still only 36 years of age, Hinkel turned out for Celtic for three years between 2008 and 2011 after joining the Scottish side from Spanish giants Sevilla.

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The former right-back made exactly 100 appearances in all competitions for Celtic, and helped the Hoops win the 2007-08 Scottish Premiership title and the 2008-09 Scottish League Cup.

 

Following his stint at Celtic, Hinkel returned to Germany with Freiburg but after a disappointing first campaign with injury he was forced to retire at the tender age of 30.

Since his retirement, Hinkel has returned to boyhood club Stuttgart's coaching set-up where he began by becoming an assistant in the youth team, reserve team and first team. In December 2016, he was announced as manager of Stuttgart II.

Andreas Hinkel of Glasgow Celtic

Now, with Korkut sacked, Hinkel has been given temporary charge of the team and the chance to win the role permanently. His squad boasts players such as World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard, Mario Gomez and Daniel Didavi.

Celtic fans took to Twitter to congratulate Hinkel on his new job title, speaking volumes of his relationship with the Celtic fans during his playing days in Scotland.

Maurice Edu of Rangers is tackled by Andreas Hinkel of Celtic during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park, on May 4, 2010 in Glasgow,...

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