Celtic boss Neil Lennon has disclosed just how important John Kennedy is to the team, which is currently 10 points clear at the top of the league, the Evening Times reports.

Lennon believes that Kennedy’s experience of coaching at Celtic with the club’s two previous managers, Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers, has allowed him to learn a lot.

“I have great coaching staff here in John Kennedy and Damien Duff” Lennon said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

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“He has learned a lot”

“John has worked the whole way through with Ronny and Brendan, so he has learned a lot coaching wise and brings a lot of knowledge to the systems as well.”

John Kennedy and Neil Lennon

John Kennedy and Neil Lennon (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon’s comments are particularly note-worthy when you consider how much success Celtic have had recently after changing the playing formation.

The Hoops switched from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 formation, and have won nine games in a row.

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Judging by Lennon’s comments, the idea for the change in system could have been Kennedy’s idea as much as it was the Celtic manager’s idea.

Duo have decision to make for vital fixture

It will be interesting to see if the Hoops decide to stick with the three at the back formation against Copenhagen, or decide to move back to a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 formation.

Celtic assistant John Kennedy

Celtic assistant John Kennedy (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

That decision will be one that Neil Lennon and John Kennedy will have put great thought into. The duo have helped mastermind some great results for Celtic in Europe this season – the Hoops’ historic first ever win in Italy against Lazio, for one.

Who would bet against the pair achieving another great result, this time in Copenhagen?

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