Kennedy confident players have put Rodgers exit behind them

By John Reid

March 1, 2019

Celtic first-team coach John Kennedy has revealed that the Hoops players were a bit shocked when Brendan Rodgers quit the club for Leicester City this week.

But he has insisted that the resulting 2-1 win over Hearts showed that the players have put the shock news behind them.

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“When the players came in to the news, it was a case of, ‘What’s going on?'” he told the Daily Record.

“I was honest”

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“So I was honest with them and told them the situation.

“The response in training was very positive. There was almost a cause for them because they want to prove we’re as strong as ever.”

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Unexpected upheaval

Football players are certainly used to upheaval at their clubs. But it was still unexpected to see Rodgers quit Celtic in the middle of a title race.

However, with Neil Lennon in charge until the end of the season the Hoops squad has to get back into the groove again in the quest for the treble treble.

They showed plenty of fighting spirit against Hearts. They will have to do the same again in Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie against Hibernian.

Rodgers’ Celtic team was well-known for passing almost every domestic test they faced. Now it is time to see if Lennon’s side can do the same. The same players are there, so there is no reason why they can’t.