By Frank McAvennie

22nd Mar, 2021 | 6:00pm

Rodgers is wrong: Kennedy told to 'have some pride' and quit Celtic by well-connected pundit

Frank McAvennie has urged John Kennedy to “walk away” from Celtic despite former manager Brendan Rodgers’ recommendation.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Parkhead legend said Kennedy should quit before he is “pushed out” by the next permanent manager of the club.

The 37-year-old is currently on caretaker duty as the Hoops search for Neil Lennon’s successor.

Rodgers told Sky Sports that the club should keep Kennedy, whether it be as their new manager or as part of their backroom staff.

McAvennie, who lives in Glasgow and remains well connected at his old club, disagrees and believes it is time for Neil Lennon’s former assistant to leave.

“I do not agree with Brendan,” he told Football Insider.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“Listen, John has been there since Ronny Deila. Every day he is going into training, doing the same sorts of drills. When you are having a change of guard, you need a change of coaches. If he doesn’t leave, there is no real change, there is nothing fresh. It is just John still coming in.

“I think John wants to be a manager and if he wants to he has to go away and do it. Just go, just go away.

“From what I hear, he is a damn good coach but he cannot just sit about at Celtic all his career. He has been there under four different managers. If it was me, I’d have some pride and walk away.

“A manager coming in at Celtic will also want his own backroom staff. John will be pushed out if he doesn’t leave of his own accord, they will want their own coaches in.” 

In other news, a top pundit claims Celtic may renew their interest in signing Ben Davies after a ‘strange’ development at Liverpool.