Celtic were “awful” in the second half against Aberdeen and showed no sign of improvement under caretaker manager John Kennedy.

That is according to former Hoops and St Mirren striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about whether the 37-year-old improved his chances of replacing Neil Lennon permanently last weekend.

The Hoops beat Aberdeen 1-0 on Saturday in what was the first game of the post-Lennon era at Celtic Park.

Kennedy, who was assistant manager under Lennon, has been placed in temporary charge of the first team until a successor is appointed.

He is also the odds-on bookmakers favourite to be handed the job on a permanent basis.

When asked for his assessment of Kennedy’s first game in charge, McAvennie told Football Insider: “Same old, same old.

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“Nothing changed and in the second half they were awful.

“These games are just like training games. There is no urgency and there is no commitment.

“This is why I don’t think the club should appoint John Kennedy permanently. You cannot cut your teeth at a club like Celtic. There is too much pressure and the burden is too high.” 

Speaking on his future last week, Kennedy told Sky Sports: “It does not matter to me at the moment, the only thing that matters to me is doing the right thing for the club.

“I just want to guide them through this period, with all their help, to maximise what is left and try and get us back to what I know we can be.”

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