Report: Celtic board still consider John Kennedy as a future manager down the line; another too

By John McGinley

November 29, 2021

The Celtic board still consider coach John Kennedy to be a managerial candidate down the line in the post-Ange Postecoglou era, The Athletic has reported today.

The outlet believes some in the boardroom still have faith in Kennedy to take charge of the club one day, despite an uninspiring interim spell in charge of the Bhoys last season.

Kennedy was Celtic boss between February and May last term but did little to inspire hope amongst fans that he is of the calibre to one day lead the club.

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There are obviously no active thoughts of Postecoglou leaving Celtic at the moment. He’s only just getting started in Glasgow and is already becoming something of a cult hero with supporters.

Kennedy has kept a low public profile this season as a valued member of Ange’s staff. The Australian has been keen to retain continuity in the coaching staff while making changes to the sports science and scouting departments at Lennoxtown.

In the long-term though, it appears members of the Celtic board still fancy a Kennedy reign. And he’s not the only one.

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The Athletic also reports that there is internal hope of Scott Brown’s credentials to one day take the reigns. Sources cited by the outlet have been impressed with his coaching style at Lennoxtown over the years when he’s helped out with youth teams in between first-team training.

Having moved away from the club to gain coaching experience elsewhere with Aberdeen, the article suggests that Brown is likely to return to Celtic one day in some capacity, once he hangs up his playing boots for good.

It would be silly to speculate on all of this too much of course. There are immediate ambitions Celtic want to tackle this season and that requires 100% backing of Postecoglou. He’s happy with us and we’re happy with him.

However, it’s always worth checking in on the long-term ‘vision’ of the board and what it entails.

In other news, The Celtic Trust announce new Parkhead protest this week; call to action.