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KENNEDY IN EXIT TALK

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JOHN KENNEDY accepts he could be on his way from Celtic at the end of the season with only four league games left to play.

The 37-year-old former club and country central defender has been in interim charge of the team since Neil Lennon’s departure in February.

Kennedy will have talks with incoming chief executive Dominic McKay on Friday as the managerial guessing game continues with Eddie Howe still favourite for the role.

Asked if his future may be elsewhere, the stand-in boss answered: “Yeah, it might. You always have to prepare for that as it’s the same year-on-year if anything changes and depending what’s going on. But it’s not something I overly-stress about.

“I focus on what I can control at the moment which is preparing the team.

“Then if a hurdle comes along or a new challenge, whether it’s a change or anything else, I’ll address it and commit to it then.

“I want to just get this period by with and then we’ll go from there.

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“My intention has been purely to lead the club through this period. When the time comes, if somebody wants to sit down and have a chat about how the squad is looking and what everyone is thinking going forward, then we’ll have that conversation.

“But I’m genuinely not stressed about what the future holds for me. I’ll deal with it if it comes long.”

Kennedy, speaking to the Scottish Sun, added: “I know in my time here I’ve been fully committed to every position I’ve ever been in. And I’m content with that.

“We’ll deal with that if it comes, but it’s not me sitting on Friday trying to make a pitch. It’s very much an introduction and a general chat and we’ll take it from there.

“The conversation will be a casual one. I’ve never met Dominic McKay before, so it’s very much a chat about things at the club.

“It’s not an interview. It’s not a case of me trying to make a pitch for the job,  that’s never been my intention, anyway.”

Kennedy, who has been at Parkhead since 1998 as a player, coach, assistant boss and now caretaker gaffer, will be in charge for the Premiership trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen tonight.

It will be his seventh match at the helm and so far he has seen the team win three, draw two and lose one.

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