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The idea of Celtic appointing John Kennedy as manager on a permanent basis is painfully unimaginative. 

That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider with the interim boss still among the frontrunners for the vacant position.

The 37-year-old oversaw his first match at the helm, a 1-0 win over Aberdeen, on Saturday with Celtic in crisis and fans expecting a club overhaul in the summer.

Kennedy has been involved with the club’s backroom staff since 2010 and is part of the furniture after his playing career at Parkhead.

Whelan is not enthused by the idea of Kennedy taking the job on a permanent basis and claims a manager in the mould of Steven Gerrard should be appointed instead.

“I don’t think he’s got a shot at getting the job,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“He knows the club inside out and he’s been there so many years. But sometimes that’s not really the direction you need to go down when you’re changing things at the club.

“I think it needs a drastic change with a different mindset and a different younger manager coming in to change everything up. I think the players, the younger players who are there and the more experienced players too, will thrive off that.

“A little bit of change, a different direction, a bit of different coaching, a different outlook. Look at what Steven Gerrard has brought to Rangers within two years of being there.

“Maybe they need something like that, that kind of outlook. A bit of freshness, a bit of youth there. For as long as I can remember, they’ve had old-ish managers.”

Kennedy is the 1/2 odds-on favourite to be the next Celtic manager, with his nearest challenger priced at 6/1.

Ex-manager Neil Lennon stepped down from his position last Wednesday with the club resigned to surrendering the Scottish Premiership title to arch-rivals Rangers.

In other news, a former Burnley player says Sean Dyche would be a fantastic appointment for Celtic.