Jullien doubts Kennedy departure

John Kennedy insists there will be an easy transition at Celtic with the appointment of Neil Lennon as new interim manager.

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien does not believe assistant manager John Kennedy will seek to leave the club, despite reported interest from Hibernian.

Former Scotland international Kennedy has been part of the first-team coaching set-up at Celtic since 2014 and he has been working as assistant manager since the appointment of Neil Lennon as head coach in February this year.

However, the 36-year-old is believed to be the frontrunner to take over the vacant managerial position at Hibs, who are expected to make an official approach to Celtic over the coming days.

Jullien is certainly a big fan of Kennedy, praising the former centre-back for helping him settle in following his arrival from Toulouse during the summer, while he sees no reason why the coach would want to leave Celtic at this time.

“Who would leave Celtic?” Jullien told reporters. “He’s been so good with me since I arrived. It’s the only thing you can ask when you arrive in a club that someone is there for you, to tell you what you did good and what you did bad.”

One of the reasons Jullien feels Kennedy would opt to remain at Parkhead is to be part of the club’s run in this season’s Europa League.

Back-to-back wins over Serie A giants Lazio have already cemented Celtic’s place in the knockout stages and Jullien sees no reason why the Bhoys cannot enjoy an extended run in the competition in 2020.

“The two games against Lazio were unbelievable, that atmosphere was crazy and to know we have qualified with two games left, it’s really good,” the 26-year-old added.

“We don’t want to jump at conclusions right now but just keep working on what we can do and focus on the field. We can have some goals but we will just be focused each game and we will see.”