Celtic confirmed today that Stephen McManus has been promoted to the first-team coaching staff in the wake of Neil Lennon’s resignation.

John Kennedy is interim manager until the club appoints a permanent Lennon replacement.

McManus is his pick to complete the backroom staff in charge of the first-team, alongside Gavin Strachan and Stevie Woods.

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The duo are friends and their relationship goes back decades. They both signed for the club on the same day as youngsters way back in 1998.

Kennedy’s career would end up ruined by an unfortunate knee injury, but McManus went on to become club captain, winning plenty of trophies along the way. He made 203 appearances in total between 2004 and 2010.

The former defender served as a coach at Motherwell after retirement and became an U18s coach at Celtic at the tail-end of the Brendan Rodgers reign, alongside Damien Duff.

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Given he knows the methods at Lennoxtown and will have a great inside knowledge of the players, it’s a move that makes sense until the end of the season.

McManus gives Kennedy a trusted opinion on the training pitch and in the dugout during matches.

Although speculation remains, there’s no indication that Celtic are planning this to be the permanent managerial team and no reason to panic.

There’s been a mixed reception to the news, but the warm comments rise to the surface on social media. There’s a lot of goodwill for McManus and everyone hopes he can help inspire the team to a winning run.

 

These supporters have taken to Twitter today to share their thoughts…

In other news, captain Scott Brown is considering his Celtic future.

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