Neil Lennon claims he'll be relying on John Kennedy at Celtic

By David Walton

February 27, 2019

Neil Lennon had his first interview as Celtic manager last night and claimed John Kennedy will be vital to his success.

The new interim manager answered the call from Parkhead after Brendan Rodgers’ departure. Lennon has been appointed until the end of the season, with a treble treble still on the agenda.

Celtic TV were quick off the mark with an interview posted late last night on the club’s official media channels.

John Kennedy worked closely with Brendan Rodgers over the last two and a half years (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon seemed keen to stress that not a lot is going to change between now and the end of the campaign. And, as he marked an emotional return to Parkhead, Lennon stressed the important role John Kennedy is going to play.

“There’re always huge expectations at this club and the players have been absolutely exceptional over the last two-and-a-half to three years, with the level of performance, and the trophy haul as well.

“All I want to do is carry that on. It’s not broken and I’m not coming in and looking to revolutionise anything.

“I’ll lean on John Kennedy a lot he’s been with Brendan for these last two-and-a-half-years and he knows how it works, the system and the routine. I’ll tap into that a lot.

So what will Neil Lennon bring then?

Tapping into Kennedy makes it come across as though Lennon isn’t too concerned with stamping his own philosophy on the squad. Instead, it seems as though he’s happy for the players to continue what they’ve been doing under Rodgers.

Kennedy has a massively important job then. He’s been around the Celtic coaching staff ever since he retired back in 2009. Kennedy took up the role of club scout, before becoming a first-team coach under Ronny Deila’s stewardship.

That didn’t change under Rodgers. And now, Lennon is set to give him a massive role in his own short-term set-up. Of course, what happens after the end of the campaign is anyone’s guess. It likely will largely depend on the success of Lennon.

But you can expect, at the very least, for the team to have a high press and get in opponent’s faces. Lennon’s sides play with high energy and tenacity as he showed at Hibs.

But in terms of sweeping changes? It sounds more like Lennon is looking to Kennedy for continuity instead.