Celtic defender Stephen Welsh has said that interim boss John Kennedy is doing a ‘great job’ and hopes he is given the reins permanently.
Kennedy took charge of the Hoops in late February following Neil Lennon’s resignation. He oversaw victory in his first match in charge against Aberdeen before a goalless draw at Dundee United.
On Sunday, in what he hopes will be the first of many Old Firm assignments, he held champions Rangers to a 1-1 draw.
Centre-back Welsh forced his way into the team in the final matches of Lennon’s tenure and has played every minute so far under Kennedy (via Transfermarkt).
Kennedy ‘makes it easy’ for Welsh
Speaking to BBC Sportsound after the clash with Rangers, the 21-year-old expressed his gratitude towards Kennedy.
“I think Kendo’s doing a great job at the moment,” he said.
“I’ve worked with him for four or five years and he makes it easy for me to go and play. He trusts me to go and play in these games.
“So, yes, definitely I’d like him to get the job.”
Welsh is by no means the first person connected with the club to tout Kennedy’s credentials. Last week, former Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers hailed him as an ‘outstanding coach’ who was destined for a future in first-team management, whether at Celtic or elsewhere (via Sky Sports).
Transfer Tavern verdict
It is still early days. Kennedy has only overseen three matches, so observers should reserve judgement.
His goal must be to leave Dermot Desmond and the Celtic hierarchy in no doubt. If he can demonstrate that the dressing room is behind him and, crucially, lead the club to silverware, they would certainly think twice about asking him to make way for a new manager.
Celtic play the winner of Arbroath and Falkirk in the third round of the rescheduled Scottish Cup at the start of next month. Avoid an upset in that tie and they will be only three wins away from a place in the 22 May showpiece, and a chance to win the competition for the fifth year in succession.
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