John Kennedy provides major Celtic injury boost

By David Walton

February 27, 2019

New Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has provided a major and timely injury boost for Celtic.

Over the last week, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie picked up injuries that had supporters concerned.

McGregor, in particular, had played a total of 54 games for club and country this season. He had yet to miss a game before Brendan Rodgers confirmed he picked up a knock in Valencia.

Callum McGregor injured himself in Valencia, but it doesn’t seem serious (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Ryan Christie was next to go in the 4-1 victory over Motherwell – the same game McGregor missed. He looked distraught at the time, but it looks as though it’s good news for the pair of them on the injury front.

Speaking at the unveiling of Neil Lennon as interim manager, Kennedy stated via Celtic’s official Twitter account that it shouldn’t be long before we see the duo on the pitch once again.

Conflicts earlier reports

The update from Kennedy conflicts a report from the Scottish Sun this morning. It stated that McGregor faced a fight to be fit for the visit of Rangers on March 31st.

Of course, perhaps this is Kennedy just giving a generic answer until Celtic find out the full extent of his problem. But this certainly doesn’t seem like he’ll be out for the long-term. That, if it is the case, is massive news for Celtic.

Nir Bitton will likely be given the chance to partner Scott Brown tonight at Tynecastle in the midfield. The Israeli took McGregor’s place against Motherwell and performed capably. But it may just be temporary with both he and Christie potentially returning to action soon.

Ryan Christie won’t be out for long (MB Media/Getty Images)

The comments were just a small part of a lengthy press conference this afternoon. Kennedy was unveiled as the club’s new assistant. Regardless of whether you rate Kennedy’s work at Parkhead so far, he’s shown tremendous loyalty to Celtic here.

Lennon, on the other hand, touched on many subjects at the presser. This involved his thoughts on the role, the importance of Kennedy in this new structure, and how he’s changed since his last stint as Celtic manager.

You can view the full press conference here. 

As for McGregor and Christie, however, this is massively welcome news if true.