Lennon admits he will rely on Kennedy during Celtic return

By John Reid

February 27, 2019

Newly appointed interim Celtic boss Neil Lennon has disclosed that he will be relying heavily on assistant boss John Kennedy during his time in charge of the club.

At the press conference to announce his return to the club, Lennon disclosed to the club’s Twitter account that he will be ‘leaning’ on Kennedy.

‘Knows the machinations’

He also described Kennedy as knowing the ‘machinations’ of what is going on at Celtic, having worked with Brendan Rodgers as a first-team coach.

Kennedy could play a big role at Celtic Park between now and the end of the season. Lennon has worked with some of the squad before. But some of them he won’t know, and Kennedy has that advantage of knowing all the players currently at the club.

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Lennon perhaps a figurehead at Tynecastle

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It remains to be seen how involved Lennon will be for Celtic’s match against Hearts on Wednesday night. He may well be in the dugout as a figurehead. But you would imagine that Kennedy might well have picked the team for the trip to Tynecastle.

It has been a difficult last 24 hours at Celtic to say the very least. The move to appoint Lennon does make sense for the club, in the short term at least. The duo of Kennedy and Lennon will have to hit the ground running to keep the treble dreams alive. Therefore, it makes sense for Kennedy and Lennon to work closely together.