Rodgers has even given his sup­port to Hud­der­s­field!

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Post Match - By Mark Guidi sport@sun­day­post.com

HIS in­flu­ence on Scot­tish foot­ball has been star­tling in the past 12 months.

An un­beaten do­mes­tic cam­paign, the Cham­pi­ons League group stage and now an­other seat at Euro­pean foot­ball’s top ta­ble this sea­son.

But Bren­dan Rodgers is also hav­ing an in­flu­ence on English Premier League new­com­ers, Hud­der­s­field Town.

With the Celtic man­ager’s bless­ing, David Moss headed for the York­shire club in the sum­mer as Head of Foot­ball Op­er­a­tions.

He en­joys a close work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Town boss David Wag­ner, and also had a sim­i­lar bond with Rodgers.

He rates both of them ex­tremely highly and be­lieves they will both con­tinue to bring suc­cess to their re­spec­tive clubs.

Moss, 48, told The Sun­day Post: “I had six-and-half years at Celtic and I left the club very sat­is­fied with what I had achieved there.

“I orig­i­nally went in as academy scout to put down foun­da­tions for the kids at eight, nine and 10- years old. I was also in­volved in scout­ing play­ers at 14, 15 and 16.

“Then for the past three years, I was scout­ing for the first team and put in place a very com­pre­hen­sive scout­ing sys­tem and data­base to back that up.

“Then the op­por­tu­nity came up to speak to Hud­der­s­field and I was of­fered the job as head of foot­ball op­er­a­tions. Other clubs call it director of foot­ball.

“I men­tioned it to Bren­dan and he knew it was the kind of role I wanted.

“He told me I was ready to make that move, to step up.

“At some stage, ev­ery­body in foot­ball wants to work in the EPL and I’m now do­ing it. I was de­lighted and flat­tered to be given this chance.

“It’s been hec­tic in my first cou­ple of months in the job. We’ve signed sev­eral play­ers and got our job done quickly, which is im­por­tant.

“I share an of­fice with David and we had an ex­cel­lent work­ing re­la­tion­ship.

“He is an im­pres­sive man and a top man­ager. There are thou­sands of man­agers in foot­ball who are not very good at their jobs, but David is ex­cel­lent.

“He has a clear phi­los­o­phy on how he wants the game played – pos­ses­sion­based foot­ball with ag­gres­sion.

“His strat­egy is clear ev­ery day in train­ing, and he is also able to com­mu­ni­cate ex­actly what he wants to the play­ers. His in­struc­tions are clear.

“Now, that may sound sim­ple but only a few man­agers are able to ex­e­cute all of that and then bring suc­cess.

“Bren­dan Rodgers is the same. He is an out­stand­ing man­ager. That’s what sets David and Bren­dan apart.”

Moss has come a long way since he first started out in the game.

While he was play­ing for Scun­thorpe United, Partick Thistle and Dun­fermline he also had his own car in­sur­ance busi­ness and was con­stantly pre­par­ing for life af­ter foot­ball.

He then be­came academy director at Swansea City and Crys­tal Palace, scouted at youth level and also has a Masters de­gree in Sports Di­rec­tor­ship.

Then came the job at Celtic and he worked his way through the ranks there to be­come the club’s most trusted scout.

He nows keeps an eye on Celtic and is de­lighted to see the pro­gres­sion of their home-grown tal­ent.

“I re­mem­ber Kieran Tier­ney and An­thony Ral­ston weren’t reg­u­lar starters at un­der-13 or un­der-14 level,” Moss con­tin­ued.

“They weren’t as nat­u­rally- gifted as one or two of the oth­ers. So, they made sure they worked hard and showed a tremen­dous amount of de­sire to get to where they are to­day.

“Ki e ra n , es p e c i a l l y, has been un­be­liev­able. I’m sure he has been an in­spi­ra­tion to the likes of An­thony and many oth­ers at youth level.”

Moss was de­lighted to see Tier­ney and Ral­ston play their part in get­ting Celtic to the Cham­pi­ons League group stages, but knows the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons will al­ways be up against it.

He said: “The in­come from be­ing in the English Premier League is more than £ 100m. At Celtic, the tele­vi­sion rev­enue is around £ 2mil­lion. The bal­ance isn’t fair.

“Celtic are a fan­tas­tic club and get­ting the Cham­pi­ons League in­come is vi­tal to them. So I’m pleased they made it.”

Kieran Tier­ney is on the radar of many EPL clubs and Moss knows the Scot­tish scene is some­where he will have his scout­ing staff mon­i­tor.

He said: “Be­cause of the size of pop­u­la­tion, Scot­land is a small mar­ket com­pared to Ger­many, France and Eng­land. But we will keep an eye on the SPFL Premier­ship, that’s for sure.”

■ David Moss left Celtic to join Hud­der­s­field Town in the English top flight.

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