Report: Celtic have a new plan in mind for John Kennedy

By David Walton

April 29, 2021

Celtic want to make John Kennedy their new Sporting Director to work alongside Eddie Howe next season, according to the Scottish Sun.

Kennedy is currently in interim charge of the club for the final three games of the season. He’s said previously that he’s been given no update on his future and that he doesn’t know what it will hold [Glasgow Times].

However, the Sun believes that the Hoops have Kennedy in the frame for the new job. In addition to that, Fergal Harkin is still under consideration.

Kennedy has frustrated the Celtic supporters during his time in charge due to some careless mistakes. However, he’s held almost every role there is to carry out at Lennoxtown, so it would hardly be a surprise to take up the Sporting Director’s gig.

Back in February, it had also been reported by the Scottish Daily Mail [28/02, print edition, page 152]. that former boss Brendan Rodgers had recommended Kennedy for the same role before he left for Leicester City.

Celtic interim boss John Kennedy could have a major decision to make

This isn’t a decision that Kennedy can take lightly. Just because he may have the chance to be kept on at Celtic, it doesn’t mean that he should rush into any decisions.

He has to realise that if he takes up the role, he’s more or less parking his managerial ambitions. Kennedy has always been vocal in the past about one day becoming the Celtic manager [Glasgow Times].

Even though moving into an upstairs role wouldn’t totally end that prospect, it sets him back. It takes him down a totally different path and one that he perhaps didn’t plan on going down in the past.

John Kennedy having his temperature checked / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But that’s not to say Kennedy wouldn’t be a good appointment for the role. He knows this club and its workings more than anybody. He will have strong ideas about the philosophy and culture that needs to be bred at Celtic. Nobody truly screams continuity at the club quite like Kennedy, and it’s clear how highly valued he is too.

Of course, it would be interesting to see where Eddie Howe stands in all of this. The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that the Englishman was piecing together his backroom team [27/04, page 83]. There would need to be an acceptance on Howe’s part to work with Kennedy to avoid any toxicity.

But it’s certainly an interesting prospect. Some may not be too pleased with the idea of Kennedy continuing to hold major roles at Parkhead. But he may be more suitable for the role than many think.

In other news, Celtic have confirmed their social media boycott this weekend.