Celtic fans should finally get clarity on John Kennedy this week

By David Walton

June 22, 2021

As Ange Postecoglou gets set to start work at Lennoxtown, Celtic fans should finally be in for some clarity on John Kennedy this week.

Celtic may have announced their new manager a couple of weeks ago. However, given the fact he had to go into quarantine after arriving from Japan, progress on other aspects of the football club feel like they’ve stalled.

Whether it be the arrival of new signings, player departures, or more clarity on the vision being set out for the club – everything has felt like it’s been on pause.

That has also included the fate of assistant manager John Kennedy. Kennedy ended the 2020/21 campaign as the interim manager. And after a failed stint alongside Neil Lennon as assistant boss last season, he did nothing during his temporary spell to fall back in with supporters.

Bemusing in-game decisions, false promises to the fans, and generally poor results were the main staples of Kennedy’s tenure. Ending the campaign with only four wins in 10 games tells its own story.

But it appears that Kennedy’s untouchable status at Celtic hasn’t gone away yet. The Scottish Sun reported over the weekend that Kennedy was taking pre-season training at the moment. This comes with Postecoglou due to take his first session on Thursday.

Ange Postecoglou will need to make a final verdict on John Kennedy

And that likely means a presser will follow soon after. Whether it be on the Thursday or potentially even Friday, the new manager will need to come out and face the media.

There will be many topics he’ll be quizzed on. However, one of the main ones simply has to be the long-term future of his current assistant. Will Kennedy remain in his position or will he be pushed down the ladder?

Whilst the prospect of him actually leaving the club for good seems unlikely, it should be Postecoglou’s decision as to what happens to him with regards to a spot in his backroom team.

Former Celtic interim boss John Kennedy (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If the new man makes the decision that John isn’t the right fit, the board must accommodate that. Chats will need to be had, and afterward you can expect Postecoglou to be quizzed on it.

Whether a final decision is made this week or not, Postecoglou will likely give us some clarity on the situation. For me, the new man has to rid himself of any remnants of the previous regime. But it wouldn’t surprise me if that wasn’t the case for whatever reason.

In any case, it’s an issue the manager is going to have to address in the coming days.

In other news, hours after the Armstrong Okoflex reports, yet another Celtic youngster has been linked with a departure.