JOHN KENNEDY had witnessed only two Celtic goals in his previous three Premiership games in charge of the club – until the six-goal deluge against Livingston at the weekend.
The interim gaffer saw a deflected effort from Odsonne Edouard bamboozle Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis to give him a debut victory after taking over from Neil Lennon in February.
That was followed by the scoreless stalemate against Dundee United at Tannadice in the drab encounter that officially ended a glittering era of domestic domination and nine successive titles.
Mohamed Elyounoussi dived full-length for a spectacular headed goal in the 1-1 draw with Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit in the following league confrontation at Parkhead.
NUMBER SIX…Ryan Christie crashes the final goal beyond Livi keeper Robby McCrorie.
There was the 3-0 victory over League One leaders Falkirk in the Scottish Cup third round nine days ago before the rtuen to Premiership action against David Martindale’s club at the weekend.
Elyounoussi notched a splendid double while James Forrest hit the breakthrough goal in the first-half. David Turnbull and Ryan Christie also scored with the unfortunate Jack Fitzwater deflecting another past his own keeper, the overworked Robby McCrorie.
Kennedy hailed a “perfect” performance in the aftermath of the romp that sets up the Hoops for the forthcoming Scottish Cup fourth round tie at Ibrox.
Speaking to Celtic TV, the stand-in boss said the result and performance was the culmination of the thorough preparation put in place at Lennoxtown. Here’s the the manager’s post-match interview in full.