Celtic won’t offer John Kennedy the role of permanent Celtic manager despite the fantastic job he’s done as caretaker boss. 

That’s the opinion of former Sunderland hitman Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Celtic’s new manager hunt.

Last week this site revealed that Eddie Howe was having second thoughts on taking over at Celtic after reaching a verbal agreement with the club.

Howe’s representative has since stated that he will not consider any job offers until the summer which has left Celtic scrambling for alternatives.

Phillips insists Celtic fans will be clamouring for a manager who is well known on the global stage and someone with more experience than Kennedy.

When asked if Kennedy will be offered the job permanently, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “In my opinion, I don’t think so. No chance.”

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“He’s done a fantastic job and Celtic are a huge club that will warrant a big-name manager coming in there. 

“Someone who’s got the experience, who’s worldwide known. Kennedy has done a great job but do I see him getting the job permanently? No, I don’t. 

“The supporters will want someone to come in who is a bit more of a name and someone with a bit more experience of management.” 


Kennedy has been in charge of first team matters since Neil Lennon stepped down at the end of February.

There has been a marked improvement in results since the change in management at Parkhead, culminating in a 6-0 demolition of Livingston last weekend.

In other news, Celtic may try to re-sign former favourite after senior players left shocked by teammate, claims pundit.