Stephen McGowan provides update on Celtic backroom staff situation; what Kennedy has been told

By John McGinley

June 12, 2021

John Kennedy is considering his future at Celtic but is expected to take charge of the squad’s return to Lennoxtown later this month.

Kennedy, who is said to harbour ambitions of being a manager in his own right, hasn’t decided whether he wants to stay on under Ange Postecoglou and is weighing up his options, Stephen McGowan reports in The Scottish Daily Mail today. [12/06 print edition, back page]

The report says that Kennedy has been told his role at Celtic is not under threat. Ange Postecoglou is also in no rush to bring in his own men, it’s stated.

The news won’t be welcome with the section of the Hoops support that doesn’t want Kennedy to continue at the club.

Kennedy has served under multiple Celtic regimes, from Ronny Deila through Brendan Rodgers to Neil Lennon. However, being so closely associated with the shambles of last season has damaged his reputation.

He also failed to improve the team much as interim boss, which hasn’t helped. In fact, Kennedy was just as stubborn as Neil Lennon in persisting with ageing and departing players.

Current backroom staff overseeing Celtic return isn’t a disaster but time still of the essence

Some fans will also be concerned that Kennedy is set to be in charge of the squad’s return to Lennoxtown this month. However, it’s not too much of a concern for me.

Multiple key players will be away on international duty anyway. The first few days of pre-season are usually about fitness, sports science and physical preparation anyway. As long as Postecoglou is closely involved in planning, Kennedy is capable of carrying out instructions.

Still, time isn’t a luxury at Celtic this summer. The sooner that the new manager sorts out his staff and gets across to Scotland the better. Currently, Japan is still on the UK’s travel red list due to Covid-19.

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

It’s unclear who will be joining Postecoglou in the dugout but contenders include Shaun Ontong and John Hutchinson.

Qualifiers are just over a month away. Our fixtures for next term are also due to be announced this week. A bit of urgency wouldn’t go amiss.

In other news, former Celtic loanee Diego Laxalt agrees deal with Dinamo Moscow.