Noel Whelan has backed John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan to remain at Celtic ahead of Eddie Howe’s prospective appointment.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there was no need for a complete overhaul of the coaching staff at Parkhead.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, Howe has verbally agreed to take charge of the Bhoys after successful talks with Dermot Desmond.


The Daily Mail claim the former Bournemouth boss is happy to keep first-team coaches Kennedy and Strachan on board.

Kennedy was appointed interim manager following Neil Lennon’s resignation in February.

He has led the Bhoys to two wins and two draws to date, including the 3-0 Scottish Cup victory over Falkirk.

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A former player at Parkhead, he has worked his way through the ranks as a scout and a coach since hanging up his boots.

Whelan suggested Howe would need as much knowledge and insight into the dressing room as possible to hit the ground running.

As such, he insisted keeping Kennedy and Strachan on board would be a sensible decision.

“Sometimes you can’t just have a complete overhaul at a football club,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“The assistant manager (Kennedy) has been there for a long, long, long, long time. As much as Neil Lennon’s been there, I would probably imagine that Lennon found his work and insight absolutely invaluable.

“When you’re coming into a new club, it’s so important you keep some of these people. He’s been there for a number of years. He will know his role that he was only a stand-in appointment as manager.

“He probably doesn’t even want the job permanently. He’s more than happy just being in the background, helping along as much as he possibly can.


“I think Eddie Howe is really going to need that kind of insight, knowledge and experience. He’s a man that has been at the football club for many, many years.

“It’d be the wrong decision to get rid of people and have a complete overhaul of coaches. Players need it as well, they need a familiar face.” 

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