Paul Durcan says Jim McGuinness’ Celtic role will improve Donegal

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Updated: November 14, 2012
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Donegal’s All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Paul Durcan has no fears over Jim McGuinness’s new role with Celtic having any impact on the county’s title defence next year.

According to the Four Masters clubman, McGuinness’s professionalism and dedication will ensure that he will be able to wholeheartedly commit to Donegal and Celtic, despite commuting between Glasgow and Donegal every week.

Durcan told the Irish Independent: “I don’t see it in any way being a disadvantage. A man has got to work and for Jim, it’s a job. He is smart enough to differentiate between Donegal and Celtic. It’s another sport, but it’s not really going to affect Donegal. It can only be an advantage to bring that professionalism.”

The All Star winner understands that the commute will place some demands on McGuinness but nothing that the manager will not be able to cope with. He believes that McGuinness will have a programme planned out to help him deal with his dual roles.

“Maybe the commute will be tough for Jim. He has gone in part-time, but there’s plenty of people in the country commuting to England, so it is not as big an issue and you can be in Glasgow as quick as you can be in Dublin.

“So, I think Jim will be well able for it and he will have a programme set out. We will just have to work around that as well. He is the type of person who knows what he is doing for the next six months and he will keep to that.

“Maybe it will test people’s patience, but I think the people of Donegal will know he is giving 100pc to Donegal, so I don’t think there will be issues,” he added.

The manager has given no indication to his players about whether he intends to stay on after his three year contract finishes at the end of the 2013 season but Durcan says that Donegal will have to continue to evolve if they are to mount a successful defence of their All-Ireland crown next summer.

“Our forward play improved a bit, but maybe our defensive side of things took a bit of a knock this year,” he said. “We need to work on that again and raise the bar again.”

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