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Celtic: John Kennedy has done himself no favours in manager race

The 2020/21 season has not been to kind to Celtic and the Parkhead faithful.

They have been left in the dust by their biggest rivals not just in the league but also in the cup, something that means the Bhoys will end the campaign without a trophy.

It has been a torrid tale of events for a club who have only witnessed success in the last decade.

Things have arguably got worse since Neil Lennon departed. Protests may have stopped but crashing out of the Scottish Cup in the fourth round after defeat to Rangers will do enough to get the banners back out.

Once again it was a sorry showing from John Kennedy’s team. His side may have fired six goals past Livingston but besides that, his team have struggled to score goals during his short tenure.

Against Dundee United they witnessed Benjamin Siegrist make an eye-catching haul of 12 saves in a 0-0 draw and then against the Gers on Sunday, they were just as bad.

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Odsonne Edouard and Mo Elyounoussi missed golden chances in the second period while the former also saw a penalty kick saved by Allan McGregor.

It was a bad afternoon for the Frenchman but in what was a crucial day for Kennedy, he also failed to set the world alight.

GIVEMESPORT reported in the build-up to the clash some crucial news on the interim manager’s future.

They shared information that Kennedy could have significantly bolstered his chances of securing the gig permanently with a positive result at Ibrox.

Instead, they lost 2-0 in one of the worst ways possible. Defensive mistakes were rife, particularly from the full-backs, and they lacked a cutting edge that would have sent a message to the Hoops hierarchy.

The 37-year-old has been under consideration by Dermot Desmond and co but after this result, their estimations of the Scot may have fallen somewhat.

As a result, the hunt to find a new manager could take yet another big twist.

Eddie Howe has been the favourite to land the job after entering discussions with the Bhoys but he’s played them around in recent weeks.

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He doesn’t want to return to management until the summer while he’s also being courted by Brighton and Crystal Palace. Issues over his preferred backroom staff and Celtic’s director of football also loom large.

Kennedy, therefore, would have been an easy alternative if things collapsed more on the Howe side.

Instead, he’s not really proving himself, something the Old Firm last Sunday showcased. Celtic need to accelerate their talks with Howe or look for a more suitable alternative.

AND in other news, Director of Football makes big Celtic manager claim, Desmond won’t be happy…

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