Former Celtic player Scott McDonald has recently made a claim about the future of the club’s assistant manager John Kennedy.
McDonald recently made an appearance on the latest episode of the Celtic Huddle podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was John Kennedy and his future at Parkhead. McDonald believes that if Neil Lennon does depart Parkhead, Kennedy won’t leave with him.
While Lennon’s job is under scrutiny as things stand, the club’s board seems to be backing him after a positive meeting with the Celtic boss. Lennon has said that he is grateful for the board’s support as the loss to Ross County could’ve cost him his job (as per Sky Sports).
Is John Kennedy good enough to be a future Celtic manager?
McDonald believes that Kennedy is ‘part of the furniture’ at Celtic as he’s worked under multiple managers already.
He said: “No, he doesn’t go [if Lennon gets sacked]. There’s a plan in place for John, he’s worked under several managers and I think he’s more or less part of the furniture now and the club believe in John. That’s evident and that’s why he’s been put in the role that he is in now.
“Now, if you’re asking me if he’s going to be the next Celtic manager, I don’t believe so at this moment in time. I do believe, though, if everything had gone well this year, I’d still probably see Neil leaving after ten. I didn’t think that he could continue thereafter.
“Once that was done, the pressure is off, then they can go on a different direction and I felt then, that was probably going to be the time when John was probably going to get the opportunity to take the job.”
TIF Thoughts on McDonald’s comments regarding John Kennedy…
Kennedy has previously been linked with a managerial role at Hibernian and Lennon himself has said that he sees the club’s assistant manager as a future Celtic manager. Lennon has also said that Celtic means a lot to Kennedy (as per The Sunday Post).
Another former Celtic player, John Collins, has also tipped Kennedy to manage the club in the future. So since former Celtic players like Lennon and Collins believe that Kennedy can manage the club at some point, the club may indeed have plans for the 37-year-old.