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John Kennedy on Drastic Changes

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John Kennedy won’t be making any drastic changes to the Celtic side that he selects to face Aberdeen tomorrow.

For two years of highs and lows the 37-year-old has been alongside Neil Lennon but tomorrow everything will be down to him.

Stephen McManus has been drafted in to assist Kennedy but from 3pm on Saturday everything about the team and the performance will be a reflection of the Interim Manager.

Other than in defence there are plenty of options to change the players involved but it’s a change in emphasis and attitude that supporters are looking for after a season of almost constant pain.

Kennedy told the Celtic website:

It’s difficult to make drastic changes. Results haven’t always been forthcoming this season. There have been areas of the game which have been fine, but there have been areas we need to brush up on. I’ve tried to take the emotion and stress out of the situation.

I want to strip us back to what makes us a good team, to the process, what makes us good and what has made us successful, and make the players realise that. It’s as much about psychology this week, so we’ve had to try and keep a lid on that, keep the love and confidence around the place.

Kennedy was promoted to first team duties in 2014 and has worked alongside Ronny Deila, Brendan Rodgers and Lennon as Celtic racked up nine successive titles.

That title winning run is now over but with Lennon gone the first steps towards next season will be made tomorrow against Aberdeen.

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