John Kennedy is making a big mistake by stalling on Celtic decision

By David Walton

June 13, 2021

So John Kennedy is set to kickstart pre-season with his Celtic future up in the air and no decision made on what’s next.

Stephen McGowan of the Daily Mail reported yesterday that Kennedy hasn’t decided whether to stay on under new manager Ange Postecoglou [print edition, 12/06, back page]. The Mail claimed that Kennedy has been informed that his position isn’t under threat, and that Postecoglou is in no rush to bring his own men to the club.

For many of us, that will be a concern. I, like many in the Celtic support, want Kennedy gone. I don’t dislike the man and I certainly don’t spite him either. In fact, you can’t blame him for taking the many opportunities presented to him by the football club. Why wouldn’t he?

But in order for Celtic to truly move on and have a fresh new look, Kennedy has to depart. He’s one of the main faces of last season’s failed regime. He and Gavin Strachan’s futures should’ve been in the hands of Postecoglou and nobody elses.

However, that’s not the only reason Kennedy is making a mistake in not leaving. For his own personal ambitions, he has to make a decision immediately.

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Kennedy has already stated in the past that he wants to one day be Celtic manager [Glasgow Times]. There’s only one route in which to do that – leave the club now and start building a reputation as your own man. That should be the first thing on Kennedy’s mind as he weighs up his future.

He states that he’s in no rush to make the jump. That comes across as a touch lazy for me. He’s experienced every job he possible could as part of several different backroom teams. If Kennedy wants to one day be a future Celtic boss, he has to show himself to be proactive. Staying here and milking the baffling loyalty the club shows him doesn’t do him any favours.

Since Lennon left, there have been three jobs come up in the Premiership that Kennedy has seen bypass him. Firstly, Aberdeen appointed Stephen Glass during John’s interim reign. Some would turn their noses up at the prospect of Kennedy taking charge of the Dons for his first gig. But let’s not forget he was reportedly Hibs’ first choice before Jack Ross [Scottish Sun].

No signs of John Kennedy leaving Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Over the last month, Ross County have appointed Malky Mackay whilst Dundee United gave their top job to youth coach Tam Courts. Kennedy would’ve been in with a shout for either of these if he was a free agent.

These are just three examples of potentially superb starting jobs that have gone beyond John. Many clubs will want to have their plans in place before pre-season training kicks off. That Kennedy isn’t making a decision until after we return to training will badly limit his options this summer.

Don’t be surprised, therefore, to see him stick around. You can understand why Kennedy would perhaps want to wait to meet the new manager personally before making a decision. But the truth is it’s time for him to move on, both for the good of the club and the sake of his own career progression.

In other news, a reported 2020 Celtic target is ready to leave his current club; will cost £8.6m.