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.

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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...

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