Kennedy left pondering whether to play Celtic's Scott Brown tonight

By David Walton

April 21, 2021

John Kennedy admitted yesterday that he hadn’t yet decided whether Scott Brown would feature for Celtic against Aberdeen tonight.

Brown is in an incredible awkward situation ahead of tonight’s match at Pittodrie. The Celtic captain is joining up with new Dons boss Stephen Glass next season. But only after they meet each other on the pitch this evening.

However, Brown’s name being on the teamsheet isn’t as certain as it maybe was a week ago. Despite starting all six of Kennedy’s games in charge, there’s now little reason for Celtic to choose him from here on in given we have nothing to play for anymore. Celtic fans have also recently called for the reintroduction to the team of Ismaila Soro.

But Kennedy as recently as yesterday had yet to make a decision. And, as quoted by the Herald, he explained how he goes about making his decisions when games are coming thick and fast.

“We haven’t decided on that yet. What usually happens when the games come round so quickly is that you come in the day before and do a little work to cover all the bases and one or two players are carrying little knocks and niggles and we’ll make our decisions based on that. We know what we’re doing and what our game plan is.

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“Scott never would [pull any punches]. He never goes into a training session half-hearted, never mind a game. So, I wouldn’t expect it to be any different and Scott would tell you the same.”

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Interesting that Kennedy states he’ll make his decisions based on knocks and niggles potentially picked up from the Rangers game. Brown seemed to go off in decent shape, so it’s unlikely that will concern him.

Going solely by what Kennedy has said there, that would mean Brown is in line for a start tonight. If he isn’t planning major changes for anything other than injury knocks, that’s a concern.

For so many of the interim boss’ Ibrox flops deserve the chop after that performance on Sunday. Brown is only one of a bunch of players who shouldn’t make the starting XI. You can throw the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Diego Laxalt, Jonjoe Kenny, and Ryan Christie into that mix too.

Celtic captain Scott Brown is off to Aberdeen in the summer / (MacNicol/Getty Images)

But we know he can’t drop all of them. Looking at the squad we currently have, that likely wouldn’t be feasible. Kennedy will also still be trying to boost his own reputation too, and bringing in youngsters only to lose games wouldn’t help his own individual profile.

However, if he’s the interim Celtic boss that means he needs to work within Celtic’s interests for the time being. That means dropping Brown and giving Soro the chance to put a marker down before the campaign’s over.

Hopefully, he does just that.

In other news, the Celtic fans have had it with Tom Rogic’s injury issues.