By Frank McAvennie

20th Jun, 2021 | 7:00pm

Kennedy backed by pundit to quit Celtic for new role as Postecoglou stance revealed

Frank McAvennie has told John Kennedy to leave Celtic and try his hand at becoming a manager elsewhere.

The Hoops icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims it is time for Kennedy and Celtic to part ways.

Kennedy took charge of the first team after Neil Lennon left the club in February.

He failed to improve the team’s performance, eventually finishing 25 points behind Rangers in the league.

Ange Postecoglou has now been appointed as the new Celtic boss which has naturally led to questions over Kennedy’s future.

McAvennie claims Celtic need fresh faces as they look to move on from last season.

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“John has been there for a while now, I think he should try his hand as a manager,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I think he’s ready. Not the manager at Celtic, he didn’t change anything compared to what Lennon did. I think Postecoglou will have his doubts.

“He carried on playing the players who want to leave. They had already downed tools at that point so he should have freshened it up.

“I don’t know if John is the right guy to help Ange get used to Scottish football.

“There’s going to be a new crop of players, there needs to be a new crop of staff as well.

“Nothing will really change if Kennedy stays, there needs to be different opinions in the changing room.

“I think John can be a good manager, I hope he takes that next step and can go to that next level.”

Kennedy retired from playing on medical grounds in 2009 aged just 26.

He played for Celtic and Norwich during his short career.

In other news, Celtic have been urged to sign a midfielder compared to Dennis Bergkamp.