John Collins has shied away from backing his former colleague John Kennedy for the Celtic manager’s job full-time, warning that it’s a ‘different ball game’ to his prior roles.
Collins and Kennedy both supported Ronny Deila when he was in charge at Parkhead between 2014 and 2016.
The 37-year-old is now interim manager at the club after Neil Lennon tendered his resignation in late February.
Is Kennedy a long-term candidate?
Whilst he is a stop-gap solution on paper, Kennedy could theoretically force his way into long-term contention with a strong run of results.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, of course, was only placed in temporary charge of Manchester United but was able to convince the club’s hierarchy that he could be a permanent solution after impressing in a caretaker capacity, and he is still at the helm more than two years on.
Who do you want the next Celtic boss to be?
Collins hailed Kennedy as a ‘terrific coach’ but ultimately doubts his credentials for one of the biggest jobs in Britain.
“He’s got vast experience on the training pitch,” he said on BBC’s Sportsound. “There’s no doubt he’s a terrific coach. But it’s a different ball game stepping up to be manager, I think.”
Transfer Tavern verdict
At this stage, it remains too early to cast a definitive judgement on Kennedy, who has scant experience as a first team boss.
We mustn’t forget that he has only overseen two matches at this point – the first a 1-0 win over fourth-placed Aberdeen and the second a goalless draw away to Dundee United.
If he were to guide his team to victory in Sunday’s Old Firm and go onto win on the Scottish Cup, Celtic would have to at least consider him.
However, you could understand if supporters demanded a more established name instead, and Collins’ reservations seem legitimate.
In other news, this former Celtic boss endorsed Kennedy on Monday.
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