John Kennedy insistent Celtic can close 25-point gap next season

By John McGinley

May 16, 2021

John Kennedy reckons Celtic can quickly close the gap on Rangers next season despite finishing 25 points behind in the Scottish Premiership this term.

After yesterday’s draw away to Hibernian Celtic finished the season on just 77 points, the club’s lowest league points total since the 1999/00 season a generation ago.

It’s been a shocking campaign, the worst many young supporters have witnessed.

However, Kennedy believes that the club can rally to become champions again next term.

Speaking to The Glasgow Times, he said: “There will be a number of players leaving, loan players or whatever it might be. It is almost like we draw a line now. You look back and you reflect on what we have achieved over the years. You draw that line then it is time to rebuild and then you move on.

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“Football changes too quickly. That is the thing, people look at things in isolation judge purely on things like points totals. Ultimately football can change very quickly.

“We could have picked up more points in different games this season if things had fallen for us. We weren’t quite in our groove but I have been here long enough to know how football operates.

“You go into next season, start positively and it can take you anywhere. That is the ultimate goal for the club, stabilise, get everybody in place we need to get in place. Get a good squad and go out and become champions again.”

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New Celtic manager will feel the pressure despite massive gap

Whoever arrives in the Celtic dugout this summer, and it continues to look like it will be Eddie Howe, likely won’t have the luxury of settling for transition next season.

There’s certainly now no entitlement when it comes to the Scottish Premiership title and Celtic, but fans will be expecting the club to at least be competitive with our rivals. Even halving that 25 points gap won’t be good enough.

If we don’t win the title next season, fans will demand that the team take the fight much deeper into the season. Our campaign being over in February simply isn’t good enough.

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