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Football: HAY: CELTS COACH IS IDEAL CHOICE - HE'S A CLASS ACT.

Byline: MICHAEL BAILLIE

DAVIE Hay, who managed Tommy Burns at Celtic between 1983 and 1987, believes Berti Vogts has chosen his assistant wisely.

Hay, now head coach at Livingston, always knew Burns would make a top class coach because all the signs were there during his playing days.

Hay said: "I thought Tommy would become a good manager because he was always someone who spoke his mind.

"He was never short in voicing his opinion, but there were no runs-ins or anything like that.

"He played with a lot of ability and more importantly a lot of class.

"Tommy has a great knowledge of the Scottish game and a great knowledge of football, full stop.

"Berti has all the credentials but he has taken over a foreign nation and at this stage he needs someone beside him with an understanding of our game. Berti will know many of our international players but he may not know the younger ones and Tommy will help him with that.

"He could not have chosen a better right hand man."

"Tommy has played and managed at the highest level, and but for a bit of luck in certain games he may still have been Celtic boss.

"If you ask any player who has played under him and worked with him, they will all have the greatest respect for him.

"He is always spoken about in glowing terms by his former players.

"As a boss if your players have respect for you then they'll give that bit more."

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OLD PALS ACT: Burns and Hay during a friendly between Reading and Livvy back in July 1998
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Date:Mar 13, 2002
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