“That would be a massive achievement for Fran and his team,” John Kennedy

Earlier today The Celtic Star asked John Kennedy for his thoughts as a Celtic coach on the job the Fran Alonso has done as manager of the Celtic FC Women’s side. The two coaches work in separate locations, John Kennedy’s days outside match-day are spent at Lennoxtown while Fran Alonso operates in much more humble facilities at Barrowfields, just behind the Celtic Supporters Club on London Road.

However the outstanding job that Fran Alonso has done is certainly recognised by his peers within the club including the Celtic Assistant Manager John Kennedy.

At today’s Media Conference we started by reminding John Kennedy about his own Celtic debut tht ws given to him by Kenny Dlglish no less and the importance of maintaining this pathway to the Celtic first team for our top young stars. You can read about that below…

John Kennedy and Stephen McManus sign for Celtic as 14 and 15 years olds in February 1998. John Kennedy became the youngest ever Celt when Kenny Dalglish gave him his debut in April 2000 against Motherwell in a 4-0 win at Celtic Park

READ THIS…“You are making me feel old there. It was a long time ago,” John Kennedy

Here’s our second question put to John Kennedy earlier this afternoon…

Tomorrow we are going to get the chance to celebrate a title win in front of 60,000 fans, then on Sunday the Celtic support have another chance to celebrate another title win for Fran Alonso’s side, if results go the right way. How impressed have you been as a coach at the job that Fran Alonso has done for the Celtic FC Women’s team?

And John Kennedy was happy to provide a glowing tribute to the outstanding job that Fran Alonso has done over the past three seasons as Celtic FC Women manager which has included qualification for the Champions League, two cup final victories and a great chance to win  the SWPL for the first time ever this weekend and to retain the Scottish Cup at Hampden against theRangers in the final a week on Sunday.

“Yes it’s been great and it’s great that the club as a whole has been successful, it’s nice,” John Kennedy stated. “I meet Fran at different times but looking from afar, I don’t see him working up close every day but again he has got a real energy about him. The kind of squad he’s built there as well has been able to go and challenge on all fronts and it’s great that they have put themselves in a really good position, in terms of where they are at now.

“I know that earlier in the season they weren’t in quite as strong a position but they have built their way back into it and potentially put themselves in a position to go and win a league title and that would be a massive achievement for Fran and his team there.

“So they have done great and If you look at the progression of the women’s game and the Celtic team in particular over the last few years, they have improved eery year, they are getting stronger. You see the type of players they are bringing in from elsewhere which has been good so everything is very positive at the club at the minute but we’ve got to keep our foot on the pedal and keep moving forward.”

There are still FREE tickets available to Celtic season ticket holders for Sunday’s title showdown which could see Celtic crowned as SWPL1 Champions for the first time in the club’s history.  Celtic will have to beat Hearts and then await the outcome on the game at Ibrox where anything other than an unlikely defeat for theRangers – should kick-start a massive title winning party in Paradise.

All tickets for already gone for The Green Wall in The Celtic End over that the Jock Stein Stand and the North Stand has very few remaining tickets left for a record breaking and hopefully title winning afternoon that will  be remembered for years to come. Be there and be part of Celtic history. Get your tickets – free of charge for season ticket holders – from the official Celtic FC Website.

Here’s John Kennedy’s answer to The Celtic Star’s question about the job Fran Alonso has done at Celtic FC Women…

Watch John Kennedy’s full Media Conference ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Premiership match against St Mirren at Celtic Park, below….

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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