John Kennedy installed as favourite to be Celtic boss

Neil Lennon’s old assistant manager John Kennedy installed as favourite to be appointed Celtic boss with Steve Clarke, Roberto Martinez and Frank Lampard making the bookies’ list

  • John Kennedy is the short-priced favourite to be appointed Celtic manager 
  • The Scottish giants are in search of a new boss to replace Neil Lennon
  • Kennedy has taken charge on interim basis but is 7/4 to be given job permanently
  • Scotland boss Steve Clarke and Belgium manager Roberto Martinez in betting

Neil Lennon’s former assistant manager John Kennedy is the favourite to be appointed Celtic boss.

The Scottish giants are in search of a new manager after they announced Lennon had resigned on Wednesday morning following a hugely disappointing season so far.

Celtic have fallen 18 points behind enemies Rangers with their dreams of winning 10 Scottish Premiership titles in a row shattered.

Neil Lennon’s former assistant John Kennedy is the favourite to be appointed Celtic boss

Neil Lennon quit as Celtic boss after a miserable season saw 10 in a row dreams fade 

Scotland manager Steve Clarke is one of the favourites to take charge at Celtic Park

John Kennedy 7/4

Steve Clarke 4/1

Roberto Martinez 4/1

Eddie Howe 5/1

Rafa Benitez 7/1

Frank Lampard 7/1

Enzo Maresca 9/1

Mark Hughes 14/1

Damien Duff 14/1

Roy Keane 16/1

Jack Ross 20/1

Martin O’Neill 20/1

Alex Neil 20/1

Malky MacKay 25/1

Wayne Rooney 25/1

Nathan Jones 25/1

*Odds courtesy of Betfair 

Former Celtic centre-back Kennedy has replaced Lennon at the helm on an interim basis but has been installed as the 7/4 favourite to be given the job permanently.

The 37-year-old has been a part of the Hoops’ coaching set-up since 2010 and worked alongside former bosses Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers before becoming Lennon’s No 2 two years ago.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke is among the favourites to take charge at Celtic Park while Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is also priced at 4/1 to become the Hoops manager.

Both bosses are gearing up for the delayed European Championship this summer after the tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Next in the bookmakers’ list comes managers currently out of work. Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, who left the Cherries last summer following the club’s relegation from the Premier League, is priced at odds of 5/1. 

While former Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who left Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro last month, and ex-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard are both 7/1 to take over at Celtic.

Former Sevilla and West Brom midfielder Enzo Maresca is 9/1, ex-Man City and Stoke boss Mark Hughes is 14/1 while Damien Duff and Roy Keane are priced at odds of 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.

Wayne Rooney is only just over a month into his managerial career after officially retiring from playing on January 16 but he is 25/1 to be Lennon’s replacement. England’s record goalscorer joined Derby last January as a player-coach but was appointed Rams manager on a permanent basis last month on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is also priced at odds of 4/1 to take charge of Celtic

While Frank Lampard is also on the bookmakers’ list, at 7/1, after being sacked by Chelsea




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