Celtic superstar Kieran Tierney has revealed that he owes a lot in his career to assistant manager John Kennedy.

The Hoops left-back came through the Celtic youth system. During that time, Kennedy was working with both the under-19 and development squads between 2011-2014. Therefore, he will have been watching Tierney closely with both sides.

The now Scotland international Tierney made his Celtic debut back in April 2015 under Ronny Deila. But that was only after Kennedy had played a big influence in his development.

John Kennedy (right) has been learning his trade for years at Celtic (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The left-back believes that Kennedy’s work has largely gone unnoticed. And, speaking to the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 33, page 13), Tierney sang the praises of the new interim assistant manager.

“Since I’ve been at Celtic, and particularly the first team, John Kennedy’s been really important for the club, and he’s largely gone unnoticed all these years. He’s got his reward now by getting assistant manager, but even under Ronny Deila he was a huge factor.

“For me, in my career I wouldn’t be here without him. He helps me every day after training. I’ll watch video analysis with him and then we’ll go out and work on it on the pitch.


“He always has time for you, no matter what’s going on. He’s one of those guys I could talk to about anything. I’m really close to him.”

Kennedy does more than we know

There’s no denying that many Celtic supporters don’t know the full details of Kennedy’s role. For example, not many of us would have known how important he was in Tierney’s development.

But it appears as though the new assistant manager does much more than we hear about. His hard work and dedication to Celtic has been impressive.

Tierney believes moments like this have a lot to do with Kennedy (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There were reports that Kennedy could’ve jumped ship with Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City. A move like that would’ve been profitable for his bank balance. But he decided to stay put at Parkhead, and for that he deserves to be commended.

Neil Lennon has already stated how important Kennedy will be between now and the end of the season. Kennedy was also a huge factor in making sure Celtic got through the turbulent week against Hearts and Hibs – taking two wins from both games.

Kennedy has recently spoken about his dream being to one day manage Celtic. And if that remains his ambition, he’s clearly going the right way about it.

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