Sport Exclusive: Celtic could still offer John Kennedy the manager role; this weekend huge
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The hunt for a new manager at Parkhead is heating up with the former Bournemouth boss having held advanced talks.There were drips and drabs of stars just returning from their country in time for Friday's morning session - Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor, for example, had no excuse given Scotland were only playing at Hampden on Wednesday night.
Celtic can still keep their season alive.
Indeed, with the Scottish Cup offering the fallen champions a late chance of glory, Steven Gerrard's resurgent Rangers side stand in their way in the second Old Firm since their league title win.
Clearly, a win at Ibrox in Sunday's fourth-round meeting would givesomething to play for while landing a late blow to their great rivals' otherwise successful campaign, and it could have further effects.
According to information sent to GIVEMESPORT, John Kennedy could significantly increase his chances of getting the managerial role on a full-time basis should he manage to beat Rangers on Saturday.
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Kennedy hailed the winger as he found the net on his first start since September in the Scottish Cup.It was a comfortable evening for the holders in their 3-0 win over Falkirk thanks to goals from from James Forrest - on his first start since September - Ryan Christie and Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Last month, wethat the 37-year-old was under consideration as decision-makers at Parkhead value the idea of candidates boasting a connection to the club. Having played there earlier in his career, Kennedy does have that even despite the fact names like Eddie Howe are perhaps a touch more exciting for supporters.
While the former Bournemouth manager didthe club's board of his long-term vision during talks between the two parties, Brighton are also to have kept an eye on him.
Under Kennedy's watch, Celtic are yet to be defeated in five games. Having drawn 1-1 with Rangers in March, a positive result could help convince top brass to offer him a long-term future as the club's full-time manager.
Celtic are alsoto be looking at appointing Manchester City's Football Partnerships and Pathways Manager in a director of football role, with Kennedy potentially working under him in a more continental-type 'head coach' model.
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