John Kennedy

John Kennedy of Celtic FC (Coach) was born in Bellshill, Scotland on 18 August 1983 (age 36).

Kennedy is the grandson of Celtic and Manchester United player Jimmy Delaney, but he is not related to John Kennedy, a midfielder who played for Celtic in the 1960s. He came through Celtic’s youth system and signed his first professional contract on the same day as fellow defender Stephen McManus. He made his first-team debut aged 16 during the 1999–00 season. In the 2003–04 season, he had a run in the Celtic starting eleven and came under scrutiny from scouts of AC Milan who contacted Celtic about making a move. It was during this season that Kennedy scored his only goal for Celtic, against Dundee in the SPL.

Kennedy is currently defensive coach under Brendan Rodgers.

67HailHail · Mar 25

Our View: John Kennedy deserves credit for overcoming odds

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Read Celtic · Mar 9

“He’ll be the next manager” – One Celtic supporter’s tweet has prompted a reaction from these Hoops fans

One supporter took to Twitter to praise John Kennedy for his loyalty and contribution to Celtic, and a number of fellow Hoops fans have since responded to the post...

Soccerlens · Feb 27

‘I’m pretty sure we would try to do it’ – Celtic official confirms summer transfer possibility

originally posted on Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has revealed that the club could try and sign Fraser Forster on a permanent deal this summer.

67HailHail · Feb 27

Some Celtic fans deliver Fraser Forster demand after John Kennedy’s comments

Continue reading “Some Celtic fans deliver Fraser Forster demand after John Kennedy’s comments” on 67HailHail.

FootballFanCast · Feb 26

“No excuses”, “No-brainer” – So many Celtic fans react to John Kennedy’s transfer claim

Celtic fans react to John Kennedy’s transfer claim over the club wanting to sign goalkeeper Fraser Forester permanently if he becomes available...

Transfer Tavern · Feb 26

‘Break the bank for him’, ‘Over to you Peter’ – Many Celtic fans beg club to secure key man

A number of Celtic fans have called on the club to secure a permanent deal for Fraser Forster after assistant manager John Kennedy told the Sunday Post that the Hoops would be open to signing the on-loan goalkeeper permanently...

Scotzine · Feb 26

Back Page Bulletin: Celtic Aim to Deal in Loan Star, Forget Hoops Move, Ex-Ger Tells Turnbull, Killie Record Deal

CELTIC No.2 John Kennedy insists Celtic will pull out all the stops to sign loan star Fraser Forster on a permanent deal in the summer.

Read Celtic · Feb 26

“Break the bank”, “Over to you Peter” – These Celtic fans want the club to land £10m-rated star after promising update

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy issued a promising update about the possibility of the Hoops signing Fraser Forster in the summer, and a number of supporters have since shared their reactions on social media...

Celts Are Here · Feb 25

Fraser Forster Permanent Deal Latest: John Kennedy Provides Update

Celtic will be in the market for a goalkeeper in the summer but the question on everyone’s lips is, will that man be Fraser Forster?

Read Celtic · Feb 25

Celtic official confirms the club will try to sign £10m-rated Premier League star in the summer

John Kennedy has revealed that Celtic will try and sign Fraser Forster permanently this summer.

67HailHail · Feb 23

John Kennedy talks up Fraser Forster’s love of Celtic; discusses potential deal

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Daily Record · Feb 23

John Kennedy on the Neil Lennon temperament change he blames on his Celtic coaches

The Hoops boss has changed his approach since his playing days and his first spell on the Parkhead bench...

67HailHail · Feb 19

John Kennedy is having the last laugh after Michael Beale confrontation

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67HailHail · Feb 19

Neil Lennon hails John Kennedy influence at Celtic

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Soccerlens · Feb 15

‘They’re good examples for me’ – Celtic ace reveals he looks up to Liverpool duo

originally posted on Celtic left-back Greg Taylor has revealed that Liverpool full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are good examples for him.


CELTIC No.2 John Kennedy insists Patryk Klimala will show the Hoops fans why the club shelled out £3.5million for him last month.

“He’s certainly got the profile”: John Kennedy talks up Celtic speedster likened to Griffiths

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy raves over January arrival Patryk Klimala after he made his first start for the club...

Inside Futbol · Feb 9

Great Desire, Hunger, Difficult To Leave Him Out – Celtic Assistant On Bhoys Star

Celtic assistant John Kennedy has admitted leaving Olivier Ntcham out of the team given his current form is tough...

Daily Record · Feb 9

Patryk Klimala’s Celtic debut rated as John Kennedy explains how Hoops new boy can be a success

The £3.5m January signing wasn’t at his best on his first start but Kennedy expects him to make a name for himself...

Celtic TV · Feb 9

John Kennedy on the Match | Clyde 0-3 Celtic | Job done!

“It was professional, it was difficult conditions we made some changes.

Sports Mole · Feb 9

Celtic assistant John Kennedy pleased with fringe players in Clyde win

Celtic made six changes for the Scottish Cup win over Clyde...

Daily Record · Feb 9

John Kennedy reveals Celtic fringe player ‘trust’ that ensures standards don’t drop

The Hoops assistant was delighted that his side were able to make so many changes and still put in a strong performance against Clyde...

Kennedy Praises Celtic’s Mentality as Domestic Run Continues

John Kennedy has praised Celtic after the overcame tough conditions as well as a dogged Clyde side to book their place in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup...

Celtic FC · Feb 9

John Kennedy and Scott Brown react to quarter-final draw

CELTIC assistant manager John Kennedy praised a professional performance in today’s (Sunday) 3-0 Scottish Cup fifth round win over Clyde at Broadwood, and he’s now looking forward to what he expects will be a tough encounter with St Johnstone in the next round...

Kennedy Clash: Ibrox Coach Cops 5-Game Ban

MICHAEL BEALE, Steven Gerrard’s main coach, has been banned for five games following his bust-up with John Kennedy at Parkhead in December.

Daily Record · Feb 6

Rangers coach Michael Beale hit with five-match ban for John Kennedy bust-up

Beale confronted the Celtic assistant in the Parkhead technical area as the pair clashed in December’s Glasgow derby...

It’s 9IAR or it’s PL-Exit

CELTIC CEO Peter Lawwell and his hand picked management team of Neil Lennon and John Kennedy left Celtic Park around 11.45pm last night having had a frustrating evening trying and failing to bring in some last minute recruits...


CELTIC are still reeling from Ryan Christie’s astounding three-game ban imposed by the SFA judiciary panel following his confrontation with Alfredo Morelos at Parkhead last month...

67HailHail · Jan 7

Our View: Festive form of exciting 20-year-old English striker shows why Celtic are interested

Neil Lennon’s Celtic have been linked with a variety of talent over the last few weeks.

67HailHail · Jan 7

‘Please don’t do this’: Some fans hate the idea of signing Celtic man

One Celtic player who looks to be on his way out of the club this January is defender Jack Hendry.

Read Celtic · Jan 6

Club eye January move for highly sought after Celtic star who ‘fits similar mould’ to international ace

Hearts are reportedly eyeing a move for Jack Hendry this month as the out-of-favour 24-year-old looks set for a Parkhead departure.

67HailHail · Jan 6

‘I have heard it’ – Celtic man addresses outlandish Rangers derby rumour

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has refuted any suggestion there was a major bust up in the Celtic Park tunnel following last week’s derby at home to Rangers, The Scottish Sun report...

67HailHail · Jan 6

Top-flight striker reportedly wanted by Celtic isn’t keen to leave current club

In recent weeks, Celtic have been linked with moves for multiple strikers as manager Neil Lennon attempts to bolster his attacking options...

Inside Futbol · Jan 6

We’ve Beaten Them Twice – Celtic Assistant Unconcerned By Loss To Rangers

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has insisted that the defeat to Rangers is only a setback...

RTÉ Sport · Jan 6

Celtic shortcoming led to Rangers win – John Kennedy

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has refuted suggestions that Rangers have now got the Hoops’ number after Steven Gerrard’s side came out on top at Parkhead before the winter break...

Inside Futbol · Jan 6

Dubai Is Perfect Environment – Celtic Assistant Impressed With Facilities

Celtic assistant boss John Kennedy has expressed his delight at the facilities available to the Hoops in Dubai...

Inside Futbol · Jan 6

Dubai Is Like Mini-Pre-Season Insists Celtic Assistant

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy insists the Bhoys’ time in Dubai will be like a mini-pre-season...

Inside Futbol · Jan 6

Dubai Camp Perfect Chance To Do This – Celtic Assistant

Celtic assistant John Kennedy thinks the trip to Dubai will give the Hoops the perfect chance to reflect...

Read Celtic · Jan 6

Kennedy issues timeframe for potential January signings – Deals may be done earlier than expected

John Kennedy has issued an update on Celtic’s pursuit of a striker, suggesting they are looking to complete a deal as soon as possible.

BBC · Jan 6

‘No security concerns’ for Celtic in Dubai over Middle East crisis

Assistant manager John Kennedy says “there’s been no concerns on our behalf” amid political uncertainty in the Middle East during Celtic’s training camp in Dubai...

Celtic TV · Jan 6

Exclusive Interview: Celtic’s John Kennedy | Bhoys in Dubai 2020

As the Bhoys hit the Dubai training pitch we get the mid-season training camp lowdown from the Assistant Manager.

John Kennedy Lifts Lid on Glasgow Derby Bust-Up

John Kennedy has lifted the lid on the track side and tunnel spat during the Glasgow Derby game at the end of 2019.

Scotzine · Jan 6


CELTIC assistant boss John Kennedy admitted he will be “astounded” if Ryan Christie is banned by the SFA...

Read Celtic · Jan 6

‘Terminate his contract’ – These Celtic fans react following latest Hoops transfer update

John Kennedy has revealed Jack Hendry could be set for a loan move away from Celtic, and a number of supporters appear to be pleased with the update...

67HailHail · Jan 6

Celtic figure offers January striker reassurance

John Kennedy has reassured the Celtic support about the club’s January striker hunt, saying that work is ongoing “behind the scenes” but that any move “needs to be right”.

‘The emotion of the game gets the better of you sometimes,’ Kennedy on Glasgow Derby Touchline Tensions

JOHN KENNEDY has played down the incident involving the Rangers coach Michael Beale at the end of the Glasgow Derby last month.

67HailHail · Jan 6

Celtic man puts pressure on Hampden as big Monday decision looms

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has defended midfielder Ryan Christie on the day that the Scotland international finds out his disciplinary fate, The Daily Record report...

Hoops Want New Striker ‘As Quickly As Possible’

CELTIC hace stepped up their bid to sign a striker and assistant biss John Kennedy revealed the champions want to conclude a deal “as quickly as possible”.

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