Date: 11th March 2021 at 6:20pm
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Journalist Pete O’Rourke has been speaking on the latest episode of Touchline Talk to talk all things football and, in particular, the Celtic managerial situation.

Celtic parted ways with Neil Lennon a couple of weeks ago with the results failing to improve as the Bhoys watched their city rivals edge closer to the Scottish Premiership title.

Since his departure, the club have officially surrendered their grip on the title, but the managerial situation at Celtic remains the same, with interim boss still at the helm.

On the show, O’Rourke commented on Celtic’ predicament with a number of managers being linked with the role.

He said: “I think John Kennedy’s probably in the box seat for this job.

“He’s got until the end of the season. If he can get a good set of results, he knows the club, he’s been there, and I think probably crucial for him is the upcoming Old Firm game against Rangers – if he can get a win in that game against Rangers and end Rangers’ unbeaten run, I think that’ll enhance his chances of maybe getting this job on a permanent basis.

“Whoever does get the job, like we’ve said, [a] big, big job ahead of them to try and turn around Celtic and get them back challenging Rangers at the top of the table. So a big summer ahead for Celtic on and off the pitch.”

Celtic host Rangers this Sunday and despite the league being wrapped up for Steven Gerrard’s side, Celtic will surely view this as an opportunity to reduce their deficit on their city rivals from the 20 points it currently is.

Will Kennedy be appointed permanently?

Yes

Yes

No

No

TIF Thoughts on O’Rourke’s comments…

The draw against Dundee United will not have helped Kennedy’s case if he is hoping to land the job on a permanent basis. However, this Sunday’s Old Firm could provide Celtic with a huge boost of confidence in the run into the end of the season.