Well John Kennedy managed to disappoint us all once again, as he failed to deliver on previous Celtic promises.
This week was meant to be one in which the Celtic supporters saw their full squad utilised. Kennedy said as much, as he claimed there would be opportunities for the fringe players and the youngsters [Celtic YouTube].
He then stated ahead of today’s poor 0-0 draw with Hibernian at Easter Road that Karamoko Dembele would be seeing more minutes [The Herald]. That turned out to be a lot of nonsense too as he played even less game-time than he did on Wednesday against St Johnstone.
Also, where were these fringe players? Albian Ajeti didn’t bag a single minute of action. Ismaila Soro got a brief cameo against St Johnstone. As for the youngsters, we were only given a glimpse at two of them in Dembele and Adam Montgomery. Only one got an hour of action across the two games.
Kennedy wanted to end the season strong he claimed. Why oh why then did he go with the exact same players who have been disappointing us all season? Why was the likes of Jonjoe Kenny in the team? Why were there spots for Ryan Christie, Kristoffer Ajer, and Odsonne Edouard too?
When you promise fans a look at players scheduled to be here next season, you don’t then go back on it. That’s effectively what Kennedy has done, and not for the first time either.
John Kennedy making Celtic promises that he can’t keep; reputation hasn’t been helped
Before a recent game against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, he made a similar vow. Speaking on Celtic TV last month, he admitted he would make changes for a meaningless game in the Granite City. The extent of those changes? Dembele getting another small cameo.
This isn’t a first from John during his interim spell. He has managed to develop a habit of fooling the supporters into thinking they’re going to be watching something different. Today’s 0-0 draw with Hibernian saw him use a similar tactic.
I won’t say that he’s straight-up lying to the supporters. Perhaps he does indeed plan to make earlier changes during the game but wants the match out of sight first. However, that’s just sheer incompetence instead, as there was no reason for a no-pressure match like this to have an effect on the changes we wanted to see.
Now, we go into the summer with not real opinion on the fringe men or the youth academy. Montgomery has boosted his reputation a tough. Dembele too after his first goal against St Johnstone.
But Kennedy’s broken promises have allowed to get excited about seeing what lies beneat the first team, only for it to be yanked away from us.
Today was John’s last game in charge, and good riddance.