Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has given an early verdict on John Kennedy’s chances of getting the management role on a permanent basis saying there is no chance of him being offered the job at the end of the season.

Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie believes that if Kennedy has any hope of being Celtic boss one day he will have to go away and prove his credentials for the job first before having the chance to be in charge of the Hoops.

“I would like to see John go away and get experience as a manager somewhere else.

“Not a chance he will be the permanent manager of Celtic. The fans would not be happy. It is nothing against John, but we need a big name. If you want to sell season tickets for next year you need a big name – John is not that man.”

“John has to go away and show his credentials as a manager before taking the Celtic job permanently, for me anyway. He needs to go away, learn and make mistakes away from Celtic.

“He is Peter Lawwell’s guy and Lawwell will not be there next season. It is time for a clear out.”

Kennedy has been given the final eight games of the season to see out the campaign due to the poor results and performances in the last few months.

With a whole rebuild on the way, including a new CEO in Dominic McKay and the club also actively pursuing a Sporting Director, it would come as a surprise to many if the 37-year old was at the club next season.

Had all gone well this season, I think there was a considerable chance that the managerial role would have been passed to Kennedy. Ultimately though, it has gone wrong for the club in so many ways that a complete reset is needed at this stage.


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