The Celtic fans were left feeling upbeat yesterday after John Kennedy’s first interview as interim manager.

Kennedy has been confirmed as being in the job as caretaker boss until the end of the campaign. The experienced backroom coach has eight tricky fixtures to negotiate as he looks to salvage some pride back from an embarrassing year.

And as he took part in his first in-house media interview yesterday, he was in impressive form. Kennedy paid tribute to Neil Lennon before covering what he believed to be our main frailties this season. He hinted at some changes ahead of the Aberdeen game, and how he’s parking his own personal ambitions to do his best for the club [Celtic TV].

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It was the second piece of Kennedy footage that the club had tweeted out yesterday. The first being an intense-looking training session that fans were also impressed with.

But Kennedy did look the part during both the training session and his interview. He said all of the right things, and clearly comes across as a man who isn’t looking beyond the end of the season.

Celtic fans like what they heard in John Kennedy’s first interview

The main talking point heading into Saturday’s visit of the Dons is how we’ll line-up. What tactical changes will Kennedy make and what personnel alternatives may he choose?

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In essence, we’ll find out what Lennon has been halting from Kennedy. And what makes this so intriguing is that supporters will be itching to see something fresh. Something that isn’t so passive. An ability to defend set-plays without having our hearts in our mouths with every free-kick we give away in the defensive third. An idea from Kennedy that Lennon didn’t manage to bring in.

Celtic interim manager John Kennedy

Celtic interim manager John Kennedy (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Kennedy will bring something different to the table. We just don’t know what it is yet. He’s worked under Neil Lennon, Ronny Deila, and Brendan Rodgers respectively. You don’t work with all of those different managerial talents and only have one idea of how to play the game.

The new interim boss was keeping his cards close to his chest in his Celtic TV interview of course. He won’t be wanting to give too much away to Dons boss Derek McInnes, who’ll undoubtedly have watched the clip himself to pick up any useful tips.

But for the fans who gave it a view, they were left satisfied that the right man was at the helm – at least temporarily:


In other news, Shaun Maloney has been talking up Kennedy ahead of Celtic vs Aberdeen.

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