• Massimo’s studies see him win prized coaching qualification as he eyes new challenge
  • Former AC Milan and Celtic midfielder played for Italy at every youth level
  • Began coaching career in respected academy at Hamilton Accies before a spell at Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock

FORZA DONATI...Massimo with his prized UEFA Pro Licence

FORMER AC Milan and Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati has taken a major step forward in his coaching ambitions by earning the prestigious UEFA Pro Licence.

The 40-year-old Sport Careers Agency client is now ready to put his growing expertise to use as he builds on coaching in the youth academy at Hamilton Accies and a brief spell as part of the Angelo Alessio regime at Scottish Premership club Kilmarnock.

Donati, who represented Italy at every youth level as a player but didn't quite make that leap to a full cap for the Azzurri, was always a thinker on the field in a superb playing journey.

He began his career at Atalanta before moving to Milan in 2001 and also enjoyed spells at storied Italian clubs such as Parma, Torina and Sampdoria.

Massimo moved to Scotland in the summer of 2007 to join Glasgow giants Celtic, where he inherited the no18 left behind by club legend Neil Lennon, and won a Premier League title and a League Cup medal in his time with the Hoops.

His experiences in Scottish football stuck with him despite a return to his homeland after two years to star for Bari.

Back in 2016 Donati signed for Hamilton Accies and that proved to be a fruitful spell both as a player and a coach.

His experience on the field helped nurture Accies' young talents and off it he began to build his coaching philosophy with the club's Under-15 squad.

A short-term contract at St Mirren followed before Massimo joined his countryman Angelo Alessio at Kilmarnock in June 2019 when the Italian coach succeeded Steve Clarke after he secured his elevation to Scotland National Team Coach.

Sadly, Alessio's reign at Rugby Park was to last just 22 games before he was sacked and Donati threw himself into his studies to further his coaching education.

Now a true footballing man who always problem-solved on the pitch to find passing angles is ready for the next challenge after earning that prized UEFA Pro Licence.

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