When Ange Postecoglou arrived as Celtic manager, there was a feeling of disappointment amongst a large section of the support. Despite his success in Japan and Australia, he was an unknown in European football and the only club he had ever managed in Europe was Panachaiki. And the odds were already stacked against him as the Hoops had finished the previous season trophyless and 25 points behind the Rangers.
A major squad overhaul took place at Parkhead as well, with 12 players arriving in the summer while key stars like Scott Brown, Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer and several others left.
On top of everything else, Postecoglou did not come with his own coaching staff, as John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan remained in their roles. It would be an understatement to say that that was not a popular decision but over the course of the past few months, feelings have certainly changed.
Despite their elimination from the Scottish Cup at the hands of the Rangers, Celtic are enjoying a brilliant season. They have already won the Scottish League Cup and are leading the Premiership title race by 6 points with 5 more games to go. But now, they have been handed a fresh worry regarding the coaching team.
Celtic coach could leave in a huge worry for Postecoglou
Hibernian parted ways with former Celtic star, Shaun Maloney, earlier in the day. He had only arrived in December but struggled to get the Edinburgh club’s season back on track.
As reported by Glasgow Live, Kennedy is top of the bookmakers’ list to be Maloney’s successor at Easter Road. He has been linked with the Hibernian job in the past as well. It is believed that he is keen to try his hand in management at some point and has plenty of experience under his belt from his time at Celtic.
Back in the summer, most fans would have been happy to see Kennedy leave. But now, it is safe to say that his reputation as a coach has been boosted as a result of the significant success that Celtic have achieved this season amid difficult circumstances.
It will be interesting to see if Kennedy does decide to leave if the Hibernian opportunity comes knocking. It would be a blow for Celtic if he does and a major change would be needed in Postecoglou’s backroom staff.
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