"If you were to ask the players..."; former Celtic midfielder makes bold manager claim

By Euan Davidson

March 10, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder Scott Allan has claimed that John Kennedy is the dressing room’s choice for the Hoops job.

Kennedy, current interim manager of Celtic, has endured a difficult start to life in his temporary role. A sluggish 1-0 win against Aberdeen was followed by a scoreless draw with Dundee United. There are plenty linking Kennedy to a permanent role elsewhere, with Aberdeen looking for a new boss.

Celtic, for their part, look unlikely to carry on with Kennedy. Even if the former defender beat Rangers and went on a significant winning run, freshness is needed. The club are also looking to employ a Director of Football.

However, the current Hibs midfielder Allan claims that there’s a clear managerial choice as far as the players are concerned. Talking to Radio Clyde’s Superscoreboard, Allan suggested that Kennedy was the man to move the club forward.

Allan said [Planet Radio]:

“I think if you were to ask the players there is probably a lot of them that would be for John Kennedy.

“He had quite a lot of say in what Brendan Rodgers done and as the years went on he started to take more and more training.

“I think it’s a hard one because he’s been put with some of the problems that have been there this season and toward the end of last season as well, so it’s a difficult one.

“He knows the club, he wants to play the right way, and he’ll of learned from Neil Lennon, and see some of the mistakes he has made and some of the good things that Brendan Rodgers has done.”

Scott Allan in action for Celtic back in 2015 / (Photo by Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Celtic players’ choice perhaps, but not the fans

There’s a growing discontent amongst the Celtic support over Kennedy. As Allan points out, many blame the former Scotland international for the failings of this season.

Obviously, we won’t know the full extent of John Kennedy’s input under Neil Lennon. Nor will he know how influential he was to Rodgers or Deila; it’s not something that can be easily measured.

With the likes of Enzo Maresca, Eddie Howe and Roberto Martinez linked to the job, Kennedy would represent a disappointment to supporters. He may stay on in some shape or form, having a long-established working relationship with the hierarchy as he does.

In any case, it’s interesting to get a former Celtic player’s perspective. Clearly, Kennedy is a popular figure at Lennoxtown.

Whether he can translate that popularity into a successful managerial career is yet to be seen.

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