If John Kennedy is in his last month in the Celtic hot seat, he certainly won’t go away quietly after his outburst against Steven Gerrard and the SFA over the Rangers Covid Five controversy.
The Hoops’ interim boss is unhappy with the delay in which the Light Blues quintet was punished for attending an illegal party in February and club Ibrox’s appeal for a six-game ban will see Nathan Patterson and Bongani Zungu available for showdown of the Old Firm Scottish Cup next week. .
It comes after the appeal hearing was set in pencil for April 20 – three days after the Glasgow giants are expected to collide in the last 16 at Govan.
Gerrard also called for leniency over Patterson’s punishment due to the fact that he is a potential future Scottish star and that a fringe spell would hurt his career.
Eight Aberdeen players were given suspended sentences for visiting a downtown bar in August and Boli Bolingoli was suspended three games for a whirlwind trip to Spain before standing as a substitute against Kilmarnock.
Kennedy’s comments caused a stir on the Hotline and Eddie Easson, Ballingry, said: “Well done John Kennedy for saying what everyone thinks. Steven Gerrard and the SFA are a bunch of hypocrites.
“Steven Gerrard was happy to be tough on George Edmundson and Jordan Jones, but he got soft on the other five. He has more faces than the city clock.
“And the SFA bowed to the Rangers as usual. They should double the length of the ban if the appeal fails. And it should be the same for all clubs.
Corn Chris Lowe, Yoker, said: “So John Kennedy is stunned by the Rangers and the SFA about the Covid Five?” Well, not as stunned as the rest of Scottish football when your club got away with a happy 60-man Dubai.
“They were pictured with pints by the pool, Shane Duffy returning home on a commercial flight to play a few days later, the subsequent rant from Neil Lennon and not to mention Boli Bolingoli’s trip and he surprisingly managed to return to the country within 24 hours despite the absence of flights that day. The people in the John Glass Houses … ”
And Derek Morris, Falkirk, said: “John Kennedy is correct that the Rangers Covid Five should be punished for having drinks together under the lockdown rules – the same conditional sentences as the eight Aberdeen players.
“Boli Bolingoli got a three game suspension because he traveled abroad and then came back to play in a game which is a much more serious offense.”
When it comes to football, Kennedy could have a say in Leigh Griffiths ‘future, with the club having the option of extending Leigh Griffiths’ contract for another year.
Corn David Bryce, Troon, said: “If Celtic gives Leigh Griffiths another year, I won’t renew my membership.
“He didn’t bother to get in shape at the start of the season and played like a pub player afterwards.
“He’s an average striker and should go on a free transfer at the end of the season. Whoever the new manager is, he needs a clean slate and players with the right attitude ”
While Kennedy’s opinion may matter, the final decision could be Eddie Howe’s. Or will he do it? The former Bournemouth boss won’t return to management until the summer and the news has left Hoops’ legions wondering if he was the man.
Kevin Kean, Inchinnan, said, “How long has this been going on, like the song says. Celtic are heading for another ridiculous episode as Eddie isn’t coming, so the chase will start again. “
Martin Baird, Glasgow, said: “Get out the popcorn and let’s sit down and continue to laugh out loud almost every day at the utter mess that is the current management of the Celtic and the rebuilding of the squad.
“It looks like the sacked ex-manager from Bournemouth doesn’t want to come and who can blame him?” They don’t have any other suitable candidates and next summer their team will be in tatters.
Denis Bruce, Bishopbriggs, said: “As much as I hope Eddie Howe comes to Celtic because of the brand of football he enjoys playing on his teams, my gut feeling is that coming to Scotland would take him out of his comfort zone and leave this man behind calm and introverted too exposed by the scrutiny that Celtic work brings.
Stephen Johnstone, Ardentinny, said: “Celtic should tell Eddie Howe to throw his hook and bring in Paul Lambert.”