Celtic

Celtic will not appoint John Kennedy as the next permanent manager of the club, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed there is “not a chance” of Kennedy, 37, succeeding Neil Lennon at Parkhead as he is not experienced enough as a manager.

Kennedy is currently the bookmakers favourite to take the reins after Lennon’s departure on Wednesday morning.

He is currently on caretaker duty while the board search for a replacement and he led the Scottish Champions to a 1-0 win over Aberdeen on Saturday.

This site revealed on Thursday that Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy is on the club’s shortlist having made an instant impact in the Championship this season.

When asked if he would welcome Kennedy’s appointment on a permanent basis, McAvennie told Football Insider:

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“I would like to see John go away and get experience as a manager somewhere else.

“Not a chance he will be the permanent manager of Celtic. The fans would not be happy.

“It is nothing against John, but we need a big name. If you want to sell season tickets for next year you need a big name – John is not that man.

“John has to go away and show his credentials as a manager before taking the Celtic job permanently, for me anyway. He needs to go away, learn and make mistakes away from Celtic.

“He is Peter Lawwell’s guy and Lawwell will not be there next season. It is time for a clear out.”  

In other news, McAvennie names four senior players who won’t be at Celtic next season.