Neil Lennon credits John Kennedy and Damien Duff for Hearts win
Neil Lennon may be the main man at Celtic for now, but even he heaped the credit for the win at Hearts onto John Kennedy and Damien Duff.
Lennon was made interim boss until the end of the season in the wake of Brendan Rodgers’s move to Leicester on Tuesday.
After watching his new side defeat Hearts thanks to a last minute winner, Lennon was quick to praise those who stayed behind at Celtic after Rodgers’ departure.
Speaking to The Sun, Lennon took the time to credit the ‘vital’ duo.
“I have to pay a huge amount of credit to John for the way he set the team up and Damien as well,” he said.
“They have done a tremendous job for me over the past few days.
“They are going to be vital for me and they can take as much credit for the win as me.”
The show of unity from Lennon towards his assistants is not something that will go unnoticed by many Celtic fans.
Although Lennon is the main man at Celtic until the end of the season, he will have to rely heavily on his coaching staff.
It is a very different Celtic than the one he departed in 2014. Kennedy has been a consistent part of the coaching staff since then.
He served under Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers in that time and is now the man Lennon will point to for advice in the coming weeks.
Duff has a wealth of playing experience to fall back on. However, he has only coached youth sides so far in his career as a coach.
However in these troubled times at Celtic, any form of consistency is warranted. Kennedy and Duff, along with Stevie Woods, will provide that to the players.
The show must go on
Lennon’s quick start to life at Celtic does not get any easier for him at the weekend.
A trip to Easter Road and his old club Hibs awaits on Saturday in the Scottish Cup. Lennon’s cup record as Celtic boss wasn’t perfect, although he did manage two Scottish Cups in four years.
We are more likely to see a Lennon Celtic side in the coming weeks. That may mean a more direct approach in front of goal.
If Celtic win a treble, there will be a lot of credit dished out for helping Celtic in their hour of need.
Kennedy and Duff should be among the first to receive it.