Former Celtic star Hinkel has gone into management.
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.
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.
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.
One of my all time favourites , very underrated imo— Liam (@Liamjtic) October 8, 2018
Great player— CHRIS MERRICK (@rightback15) October 9, 2018
Good pro, quality player. Went about his job quietly and efficiently. One of my favourites at the time. Best of luck in management Andreas.— FootballPurist (@AllDoTheHuddle) October 8, 2018
I know and he’s probably still better than Luistig but a younger version would be nice.— Joe Dabernig (@JoeDabernig) October 8, 2018
Well done Andreas, you got a good training & a good football basic knowledge at Celtic which will stand you in good stead wherever you go.m— John power (@Johnpow30063824) October 8, 2018
Great player!— John Murphy (@yecannywhackit) October 8, 2018