Agbonlahor tips Kennedy to land Celtic job amid intriguing Desmond reveal

Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped interim Celtic manager John Kennedy to be given the job full-time.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Aston Villa striker claimed the 37-year-old will be in pole position if the Hoops finish the season strongly.

Agbonlahor insisted Celtic powerbrokers led by main shareholder Dermot Desmond are “renowned” for choosing managers who won’t wield too much “power”.

Neil Lennon resigned his position as manager last Wednesday after Celtic’s 1-0 defeat to bottom of the league Ross County.

No clear favourite has emerged to replace him but ex-Celtic midfielder Paul Lambert’s odds tumbled on Monday after he left Ipswich Town.

Asked if his former Villa boss would be a good fit at Parkhead, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I actually think the guy Kennedy might get it.

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“He’s been at the club many years, he knows the club inside out. The owners – Desmond – are renowned for this, not wanting the manager to have too much power at the club.

“If they do well between now and the end of the season I can see Kennedy keeping the job because he’s the easy option.

“He’s probably been looking forward to getting the job for a little while, he’s been assistant manager.

“I don’t feel they’ll go for Paul Lambert, given what happened with Neil Lennon getting the sack.

“I feel they’ll go down the road of keeping Kennedy.

“We’ve seen it happen many times with managers so it wouldn’t surprise me if he does get it for the long-haul.

“It depends on results, if he goes and wins the rest of the games this season then Celtic fans will go ‘Ok, let’s give him a chance.’

“It’s not just about big-name managers who want a lot of money because I don’t think Celtic will give them that money.

“He deserves a chance.”

In other news, Celtic have been tipped to bin a summer signing after an Aberdeen development.