There is no doubt that Neil Lennon deserves plenty of credit for Celtic’s good start to the season. The Hoops are top of the Premiership with four wins from four games.
They have also progressed to the group stages of the Europa League. So far this season, the only blemish has been the loss to Cluj in the Champions League qualifiers. Thankfully the Hoops look to have overcome that.
As well as Lennon though, some others at Celtic deserve credit for the way the Hoops have started this season. That is the coaching duo of Damien Duff and John Kennedy.
Work with individual players
Kennedy and Duff seem to do a lot of work with individual players. This was confirmed by Hoops starlet Mikey Johnston, who recently praised the duo.
“The gaffer has been giving me advice, as well as Damien Duff and John Kennedy. I’m just trying to learn as much as I can” he told the official Celtic Twitter account.
🗣️ MJ: "The gaffer has been giving me advice, as well as Damien Duff and John Kennedy. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 11, 2019
That indicates that Kennedy and Duff are important men at Celtic Park. Naturally they might not have the power that Neil Lennon has in his role as manager. But their increasing influence on first-team matters should not go unnoticed.
Given plaudits by Celtic veteran
The job done by Duff has been commented on by no less a figure than Scott Brown, who praised the impact that the coach has had at Celtic.
Meanwhile, Kennedy was given plaudits earlier in the summer by Kristoffer Ajer, who he felt has improved the defensive aspect of his game.
The idea of a Lennon, Duff and Kennedy coaching team might have looked like a gamble at first. However, it seems to be paying off for the Hoops so far.
The trio still have more challenges ahead of them this season, of course. The Hoops will begin their Europa League group stage campaign soon, for a start. Still, all at Celtic will be pleased with the progress made by the trip so far this season.