John Kennedy has been given the Celtic reigns as interim manager following the resignation of Neil Lennon and Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has sent a late-night message of support to Kennedy – with eight league games still to play.
Lennon decided to end his spell as Celtic manager, after losing to Ross County last time out. That defeat saw Rangers go 18 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table – with the Gers needing just seven points from their last eight games.
Kennedy has been installed as interim manager at Celtic following the exit of Lennon – but the Hoops are expected to bring in a new manager to replace Kennedy. Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard, Roberto Martinez and plenty more have been linked.
Tierney’s rise through the Celtic academy and progression into the first team, and then growth to becoming a Celtic icon, was done under the watchful eye and help of Kennedy. Tierney, clearly feeling indebted to Kennedy, wished him luck.
Good luck. Thank you for helping me so much in my career. 💚a hero https://t.co/SBAPDDK3ir
— Kieran Tierney (@kierantierney1) February 25, 2021
TBR’s view – What do Celtic need in the dugout?
First of all, Kennedy should not get the job – but that is no slight on the ex-Celtic defender. The board need to show ambition and even if Kennedy wins the last eight league games, they need to bring in a big name to bring back the optimism.
They need a manager that not only is a big name, but has the pull in terms of recruitment. Rangers have shown that with Steven Gerrard, they have been able to make big signings that improve the team. Lennon is a Celtic legend, but only to Celtic.
Bringing in Howe, Martinez, a manager that have been and done it in the Premier League makes sense.