John Kennedy is having the last laugh after Michael Beale confrontation

By Hamish Carton

February 19, 2020

Celtic assistant boss John Kennedy may have afforded himself a little smirk in Denmark as news reached him that Rangers counterpart Michael Beale had helped to cost his side a fine.

Neil Lennon’s right hand man was verbally abused at the tail end of our derby defeat to the Gers in December – as Beale let himself down badly inside the hostile Celtic Park atmosphere.

Alfredo Morelos after being sent off (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Rangers coach had already been red carded when he went back for more – saying something to a calm Kennedy who refused to react while under severe provocation.

Earlier today, the Ibrox side received a £15,000 fine (£5,000 suspended) for a number of poor incidents in both the Parkhead game, and a win at Hibs a week earlier. (Sky Sports)

Beale in his Liverpool days (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Kennedy showed class Beale could only dream of

Celtic could have found themselves in a similar boat had Kennedy reacted.

The former centre-back showed real restraint – something that is a little symbolic of how Celtic acted on that day, and have ever since.

We took our medicine from a bruising defeat that day. We knew that nothing had been won and, if we put the right things into place in Dubai, we’d come back stronger.

As a result, Kennedy is having the last laugh. The team he is part of are now ten points clear at the top of the league and in a great position to add to the one trophy we’ve already banked.

Kennedy has been at the club for some time (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Beale, meanwhile, has little to show for that day’s work. Other than a celebration that now looks daft and a fine that Rangers will have to cough up.

Karma’s a mean thing, eh?