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  • Kieran Tierney hails John Kennedy in this week’s Celtic View

    Kieran Tierney hails John Kennedy in this week’s Celtic View

    By: Tony Connelly on 13 Mar, 2019 10:04

  • KIERAN Tierney’s Celtic journey so far reads like any great underdog story. Nothing has come easy for the player. Rather his path to Paradise has been paved with hard work, determination and an unwavering love for Celtic.

    The Hoops defender recognises that same passion and commitment in the new Celtic managerial team and he believes it will be a key ingredient in getting the best from the champions.

    One figure who remains a constant daily presence in Tierney’s life each day in training is John Kennedy.

    The 35-year-old has been a faithful servant to the club since he joined the Celtic Academy as a youngster. As Celtic fans will sadly recall, injury cruelly curtailed his promising career on the pitch, but it’s a testament to Kennedy’s character that he has become so successful in a coaching role.

    Tierney is full of praise for a man who he maintains has been invaluable in his own career and is delighted to see him continue to develop in his coaching career.

    “For me, in my career I wouldn’t be here without him,” said Tierney in an exclusive interview with this week’s Celtic View. “He helps me every day after training. I’ll watch video analysis with him and then we’ll go out and work on it on the pitch.

    “He always has time for you, no matter what’s going on. He’s one of those guys I could talk to about anything, I’m really close to him.

    “Since I’ve been at Celtic, and particularly since I’ve been in the first team, John Kennedy’s been really important for the club and he’s largely gone unnoticed all these years.

    “He’s got his reward now by getting assistant manager, but even under Ronny Deila he was a huge factor and under Brendan Rodgers he continued to be hugely important for us all.

    “He’s been in the background for a bit but now he seems to be getting the credit he deserves and the recognition. He’s a really hard worker. He’s got to where he is through hard work and is a proper Celtic man.”

    To read the full interview with KT, see this week’s Celtic View, out now.

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