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latap hughesJohn Russells up Old Mucker for New Challenge

Russell Latapy, who has been released at his own request from his coaching role at Portuguese club Boavista, has signed a two and a half year contract to become assistant manager at Caley Thistle.

Latapy today (Friday) completed the details of his move and joins up with his former team mate and manager John Hughes.

John said today: "I'm extremely pleased to bring Russell on board. He's a very shrewd operator who knows the game like the back of his hand.

"He's a real technician but has no ego and is an excellent mixer so he's the right fit for our club.

"He also has the expertise to offer individualised coaching to a couple of our players, which can benefit their game."

Latapy said: "John and I have had a great relationship over the years and I've taken the decision to leave Portugal to link up with him again. Caley Thistle is a community club and I look forward to working with John and everyone there to make an effective contribution."

Latapy, who played for Porto, Dundee United and Rangers, was capped 79 times by Trinidad and Tobago and was national manager for two years.

Hughes and Latapy were team-mates at Hibernian and later when Hughes was Falkirk manager he brought in Latapy as player and assistant coach.

Club chairman Kenny Cameron said: "The paperwork has now been completed and John has got the right hand man he wanted. We're delighted to welcome Russell to the club."

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