Noel Whelan would be “very surprised” if John Kennedy gets the Celtic manager’s job permanently and urged the club to look at a young and fresh” outside hire.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker insisted a fresh face could inspire Celtic’s flaky squad after their dismissal title defence this season.
Speaking ahead of the Hoops’ disappointing draw with Dundee United on Sunday, Kennedy talked down his prospects of taking the job full-time and claimed he did not want his time at the helm to feel like an audition.
He told the Daily Record: “I’m honestly not taking myself into consideration because if I start doing that, it becomes about me. It becomes about me showing myself and that might not be what’s right for the team and the club at this time.”
Asked whether he thought the 37-year-old had any chance of getting the job, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I don’t think he’ll get the job, I’ll be very surprised if he gets the job.
“There needs to be a freshness and when I say a freshness I mean somebody who has not been at the club, somebody who is going to bring fresh ideas into Celtic Park and change a few things around.
“Look at the way Steven Gerrard has done that, he’s a fresh young manager with new ideas, a new approach and a winning mentality. He brings that desire and drive to a team. That’s what it does.
“You can’t go backwards, you’ve got to go forwards. That’s with a younger, fresher manager with a different approach. Sometimes these players are a little bit flaky. You need a manager who can do both – sometimes an arm around the shoulder with respect but you can’t mollycoddle them. You’ve got to give them that rollicking when needed. You have to find the perfect ingredients all in one manager.
“Bringing somebody new to the table freshens up the players on the training ground and gets them excited.”