John Kennedy can provide Celtic with the perfect parting gift

By Sean Clifford

March 15, 2021

After the departure of previous manager Neil Lennon, John Kennedy has endured a mixed time of it in the Parkhead hot seat and is not expected to be offered the job on a permanent basis.

Despite this, winning the Scottish Cup would go a long way towards fully endearing himself to the Celtic support as a coach, alongside enhancing his reputation for a managerial role elsewhere.

Inheriting an underperforming squad, the national trophy may represent a welcome escape from league duty for Kennedy and his players as they look to finish the season on a high.

Undoubtedly, the former Scotland international is a measured individual who understands the collective responsibility needed at a club like Celtic through success and defeat.

Fronting up difficult media questions surrounding the club in recent weeks impressively, Kennedy possesses the demeanour needed to succeed as a number one elsewhere.

Having learned from some of the most distinguished Celtic managers in recent times, there is no surprise that Hibernian were rumoured to be keen on his services in 2019 before he opted to stay at Celtic Park.

In his limited time in management so far, the Hoops have seemingly restored the possession-based style of football seen under Brendan Rodgers which yielded consistent results.

Purposeful ball-retention will be paramount to any chance of successfully defending the Scottish Cup, coupled with an eventual end product which the Celts must improve on after only scoring two goals in their last four games.

Celtic celebrate winning the Scottish Cup / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Scheduled to face off against Arbroath or Falkirk in the Third round at Parkhead on Saturday 3rd April, Kennedy will be hoping to get off to a good start in the competition.

Guiding Celtic to an unrivalled fifth successive Scottish Cup triumph would write him into the history books, whilst providing a fitting reward for 22 years of service at the club.