Biggest Job Interview Yet.
Honest question, of all the people involved in this weekends Ibrox clash, who has the most to lose?
Who has the most to gain?
For me they are one and the same, big John Kennedy.
Our former defender through circumstances that need no explanation has his hands on the tiller currently.
Being a Celtic fan and ex-player, this position would be his dream job, fair play to the chap for fulfilling his dream, but it goes without saying that if given a caretaker only role or the job full time he would grab the latter with both hands.
Therefore it goes without saying he will give this shot, which may never come around again, absolutely everything he’s got in his locker.
And we just witnessed the result, we clicked for what seems like the first time this season and handed out our first wallopings, some really neat play and quality goals, a sign of growing ease and belief around the squad.
In just a couple weeks.
Now the last chance of glory awaits, typical that it’s the toughest that available but that bridge was needing crossed at some stage.
John will realize that a victory or draw in the league after this will not be recorded in the history books, it would be a consolation prize for many, probably himself. Something viewed as too little too late.
But a Cup including scalping the current league champions on their own patch and a rescheduled game to boot,,,now that would be special, worthy of recording for posterity, and as a true Celt his finest moment.
We couldn’t ask for more.
John might. He may see the cup as as successful audition, enough to stake a strong claim. Who am I to say he’s wrong, especially if victory lifts us to another gear for the remaining games.
What I would say to John is that passing this audition, the biggest he’s sat yet, would guarantee you A job, if not the Celtic job.
JK does cut an impressive figure, and I really like the cut of his jib, but when it comes to the next Celtic manager he’s just not what the club need right now.
Most new managers have some type of bounce, it’s a new voice and approach, but would he have a plan B or C?
When this current momentum fizzles out, as they all do at some stage, what’s next?
Signs point towards a higher profile name to get the nod over John for a few reasons, including improved season ticket sales, his enhanced reputation swaying wavering players to climb aboard, and generally having more at his disposal than a local kid done well.
That includes quality assistants, current training methods, use of modern technology, dieticians, and more.
It’s all the above will probably cost much more than John would per week, rightly so in most cases.
Just as Lenny now sits on the SPFL and Championship sidelines, a potential manager who knows the game just a phone call away, his former assistant will overtake him should he emerge victorious, becoming the latest hot property having Chairmen the land over reaching for the phone when the top job opens.
This one game offers John the chance to put his name out there, to show he’s worth a shot, to prove he’s a manager in his own right.
Sunday will be one hell of a job interview.