Former Celtic star Shaun Maloney joins Belgium’s coaching team

Former Celtic player Shaun Maloney (SNS Group / Rob Casey)

SHAUN MALONEY has joined Belgium’s coaching team.

The former Celtic and Scotland star will work alongside manager Roberto Martinez and assistant Thierry Henry, coaching the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

Martinez, who worked with Maloney during his time at Wigan, said : “He knows the way we work and is someone who has a exciting coaching career in front of him.”

There’ll be familiar surroundings for Maloney as he starts his new role, with his first match with the Belgium national side being a visit to Hampden.

The Red Devils face Scotland in a friendly next Friday ahead of their UEFA Nations League opener against Iceland the following Tuesday.

Maloney had been working with Celtic as a youth coach.

He was capped 47 times by Scotland, scoring seven times, and also played for Aston Villa and Chicago Fire, along with two spells at Parkhead.

Maloney was born in Malaysia but moved to Aberdeen at the age of five.