Alan Hutton has admitted his heart bleeds for John Kennedy after coming under fire as interim Celtic manager.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 37-year-old was a “great coach” whose reputation has been tarnished by the Hoops’ disappointing season.
Kennedy has taken charge of Celtic until the end of the season after Neil Lennon resigned last week.
The long-serving Celtic coach joined the first team set-up under Ronny Deila and was promoted to assistant manager when Lennon arrived in 2019.
He had the chance to join Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City but chose to stick with the Hoops.
Hutton has admitted Kennedy’s reputation has taken a hit but insisted supporters should not doubt his quality as a coach.
“I think sometimes it can be a bit of a shame because he came through with Brendan Rodgers and he’s obviously done a great job and is a great coach,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“You kind of get tarred with the same brush when it goes bad, you were part of that. So, I do feel for him.
“Obviously, he’s been at the club since I was at Rangers as a kid, he was coming through at Celtic. He knows exactly what it’s all about.
“I don’t think he’ll be short of offers. If Brendan Rodgers was after him at one stage, he’s obviously very good at what he does.”
Kennedy retired from playing at 26 due to injury and became a first-team scout at Celtic.
He won his first match in charge – a home tie against Aberdeen – 1-0 on Saturday.