Videos – John Kennedy Hails Players Enthusiasm, Shaun Maloney Comments on Celtic Speculation

Yesterday was a decent enough start for John Kennedy as he began his short 8 match stint as Celtic manager, looking for as many wins as possible, including two over theRangers, to give this season some sort of respectability for a Celtic point of view. Whether even 8 wins from 8 will be enough to give him a chance of getting the job is unclear, perhaps it is more likely that a big name manager os going to come in to work alongside a new director of football and the coaching staff of John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.

Kennedy made clear yesterday his own thoughts are on the matches and other than that he’s looking no further than that, although the bookies reckon he’s the favourite for the job.

With season ticket renewals going to be critical it’s probably fair to say promoting Kennedy from Assistant to Neil Lennon to manager seems to be hardly box office stiff when it comes to selling 60,000 season tickets. Incidentally Shaun Maloney distanced himself and/or Roberto Martinez for the Celtic job last night.

“First half, I thought we had good parts of our play, we started well, the build-up was clean, we got a good goal,” John Kennedy told Celtic TV shortly after Celtic’s 1-0 home win over Aberdeen yesterday. “It was deflected but the build-up was good. There were enough positives in the first half.

“In the second I thought we got a bit scrappy, a bit untidy… when the game gets stretched, it doesn’t suit us, but we had to dig in. I thought the energy levels were a bit low in the second, but I think that’s reflective of the week we’ve had.”

Here’s what Maloney had to say on Sportscene and any potential move back to coach Celtic…

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