Interim Celtic boss John Kennedy has said the club will take their time to make sure they find the right manager for the long term, rather than being rushed to make an appointment.
Discussions over Neil Lennon’s successor have intensified, amid suggestions that former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is a candidate on Celtic’s radar.
However, Kennedy has played down discussions of distractions and believes those decisions are beyond the purview of his players and staff, insisting that they will focus on football.
“When there is no immediate date, a lot of rumors start, a lot of stories circulate, and that’s probably how it probably will be until the club decides on the next step.” Kennedy said.
“As far as we’re concerned, it’s just about focusing on the football, our training and our games, preparing for it and letting the hierarchy take care of the backstage.
“You can’t ignore it. We know it’s there, but as far as we’re concerned, we can’t affect it. All we can affect is how we behave on the field of training and how we prepare for games That’s what we can We have to manage that and take care of it.
“It’s good that everyone wants quick responses and that everything is done now, but if the club don’t think they have the right person to come in and be the manager at the moment, then they will hold on.”
“They will make sure they make the right decision at the right time. Ultimately, for the long term, that becomes the most important thing.”
Despite the issues off the pitch, Kennedy believes a tough campaign has helped his players get used to the challenge of cutting outside noise.
The 37-year-old has been temporarily in charge of Celtic Park since Lennon left in February, and has said his team’s attention needs to come week to week rather than looking too far ahead.
“All season, we’ve had a lot of stories, a lot of talk and a lot of media surrounding us because of the situation, the season and the magnitude,” Kennedy added.
“This is where the players take their greatest comfort from. It allows them to focus on the next game, every training session. How can we improve ourselves? How do we develop things?
“Until we are told otherwise, we will just keep trying to grow, improve and get good results.”