John Collins, who wants Celtic DoF role, shares thoughts on John Kennedy becoming permanent boss

By John McGinley

March 15, 2021

John Collins, who has put his name forward for the Celtic director of football role, believes the club need a man of experience to take charge of first-team affairs next season.

Rookie manager John Kennedy has been given the job on an interim basis.

Celtic haven’t given a clear indication whether he’s in the running for the permanent position, though he has been backed by former boss Brendan Rodgers in recent days.

Collins spoke last week about his desire to become the director of football at his former club.

He’s also worked with Kennedy on a professional basis during the Ronny Deila era at Lennoxtown.

Discussing the Kennedy question on BBC Scotland tonight, Collins said: “It’s a different ball game stepping up to be manager. He was with me and Ronny and Brendan speaks very highly of him.

“He’s got vast experience on the training pitch. There’s no doubt he’s a terrific coach. John is a very calm, calculated individual. I think he speaks very well in press conferences. But, at this moment in time, it’s a risk because he hasn’t been a manager before.

“I think probably his best bet would be to go somewhere else and get experience, and maybe come back. But for him to jump into the seat just now I think is a big ask.”

John Kennedy needs to be his own man before becoming Celtic boss

As Collins says, the best thing for Kennedy’s career right now is getting management experience at another club. He’ll likely know better than anyone that the Celtic post has come too soon for him.

John Kennedy has worked with John Collins at Celtic before / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If the shadow of ten-in-a-row failure wasn’t hanging over Celtic Park right now, who knows what could have happened? However, as it stands, the reality is that Kennedy would be under far too much pressure from the off.

Finding success and confidence elsewhere, before returning to Celtic Park as his own man without the baggage of this season, is the logical way forward for all concerned.

In other news, John McGinn has given his thoughts on Steve Clarke’s links to the Celtic job.