Craig Beattie: John Kennedy has ‘big decision’ to make

As the developing saga of Ange Postecoglou and his move to Tottenham Hotspur rumbles on this week, it is believed that the Australian wishes to raid Celtic’s backroom staff so they can join up with him in north London. The boss is rumoured to be eyeing a clean-up of the current management staff that has been left behind and many inside Celtic Park are said to be unhappy about this idea.

The Celtic Star reported that Kennedy has already told the Celtic heirarchy he wishes to be given the opportunity to join his old boss at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, however, it is also widely being published that Dermot Desmond and his comrades are unwilling to make any potential exit for the likes of Kennedy and Gavin Strachan easy.

Celtic v St Johnstone – Scottish Premiership –  John Kennedy on the bench during the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Wednesday May 12, 2021. Photo Andrew Milligan

With no offer of the main job, it is unsurprising that Kennedy fancies a shot at something new as things can become stale if you stay in the same place too long. The former Scotland defender will no doubt have harboured ambitions at one day managing the club he has been at since he was a young boy, which is why he’s played the long game for all those years, serving other managers in the process.

But now I think he realises that he will never get the gig of manager of this great football club, and as is his prerogative, he wants to explore other options. Well, someone who has known Kennedy and played with him at Parkhead is Craig Beattie, who has told Sky Sports Scotland that the towering figure now has a ‘big decision’ to make on his future.

Photo: Andrew Milligan

Recently touted with the Hearts job also and Hibs not that long ago too, it is possible that Kennedy could even fancy venturing out into the big, bad world of football management on his own yet still. However, the opportunities that may well lie in the English Premier League with Ange Postecoglou and Spurs could be life-changing for the man who served as interim manager of the club when Neil Lennon was dismissed in early 2021.

Watch Craig Beattie talk John Kennedy below…

Paul Gillespie


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