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ROBERTO MARTINEZ is singing the praises of Shaun Maloney as the young coach takes up a position with the Belgium national side.

In a move which surprised many last week, Shaun accepted the offer to come in and work with his former boss Martinez in his international setup.

Shaun will remain also remain as a Celtic coach as he starts his new adventure with the third-placed World Cup squad.

Speaking about the former midfielder’s upside, Martinez was in no doubt that Shaun can add to his list of talented coaches.

“He’s deep into football and his life is about football,”  Martinez told BBC Scotland.

“He is someone that I really enjoyed having as a player. Already he’s brought something of his experience internationally and at club level; that is very, very helpful for our players and our way of working.

“He’s a man that has got a fantastic potential coaching career.”

Belgium take on Scotland in a friendly on Friday night at Hampden with Martinez keen to test his lads after the World Cup.

Dedryck Boyata could line up against many of his current teammates and could be tasked with trying to stop Callum McGregor and Leigh Griffiths getting a sniff of goal.

 

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