John Kennedy was quizzed on a variety of Celtic subjects before today’s match against Livingston on BBC Radio Scotland.
With no sign of the Bhoys appointing a manager any time soon, Kennedy is still our main source of information on goings-on at the club, both on and off the pitch.
He’s dealt with the media well and continues to give little away, but it’s still worth keeping track of what’s been said, especially on a matchday.
It was Kenny Macintyre on reporting duties at Celtic Park and the interview opened with questions on today’s match and team selection.
Kennedy admitted all eyes are on next week’s derby against Rangers at Ibrox.
Speaking to BBC Sportsound (14:05), he said: “The league’s finished but this is a big preparation ahead of what will be a massive game next week for us.
“We go strong today, with a couple of changes, it gives boys minutes and puts this squad in a better place for next week.”
Attention then turned to Mohamed Elyounoussi and his importance to the team.
With the attacking midfielder coming to the end of his loan move from Southampton, it was great to hear Kennedy speak in glowing terms of the Southampton man.
It sounds as if the club would be eager to keep him next season if a deal is available.
Kennedy said pre-match: “He’s been huge, especially of late, he’s starting to find his form again. He had a difficult period where he was lacking a bit of confidence and wasn’t getting his goals.
“We’ve worked on that, we’ve worked with him specifically on what makes him good. He’s been great for us. He’s very flexible, he’s an important player for us.”
The subject of Leigh Griffiths’ Celtic future also came up. The striker’s option expires this summer, though Celtic have the option of extending it to 2022. There’s a decision to be made there.
Kennedy is adamant that decision hasn’t yet been made, telling Macintyre: “It’s difficult to say, anything can happen. No decision will be fully made on that until time progresses and things move on. The door doesn’t close for anyone, the opportunities are there.”
The Celtic interim boss was also asked about Steven Gerrard’s response to his comments midweek about the SFA and covid punishments.
Kennedy wasn’t in the mood for discussing it much further and on Gerrard’s Dubai comments, simply said: “That’s his opinion. Nothing else.”
Neil Lennon’s former assistant also made it clear there are no updates on the appointment of a new Celtic manager, despite constant probing from Macintyre over the last few weeks.
He was asked multiple questions on the issue but none of the answers were any different to what we’ve written about over the last 10 days.