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John Kennedy claims Celtic motivated by 'hurt' of Neil Lennon's exit

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Seamus Leonard

Celtic’s interim manager John Kennedy believes the departure of Neil Lennon has “shocked” the Bhoys into action.

Lennon resigned in February with the Parkhead outfit trailing Rangers by 18 points after a dismal season that had offered them the opportunity to land a historic 10th league title in a row.

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Results and performances have improved since Kennedy took the reins, and Celtic head into Sunday’s fourth round Scottish Cup clash against their Old Firm rivals with renewed confidence.

Kennedy believes a collective responsibility was fostered by the experience of club legend Lennon leaving.

“Sometimes in the midst of a storm, when there is so much noise about the manager leaving, things can become a wee bit lost but there is a reality check whenever that happens,” he said, per the Daily Record.

“Someone has had to lose their job because of the group performance and that sometimes shocks people into action.

“We are all very close to Neil, worked very well with him, had a successful period beforehand and it hurt everybody.

“It wasn’t a case of putting the responsibility on to Neil because we all felt responsible for that.

“We had to all be accountable for that and use it as a stimulant going forward to make sure we improved and we have done that.”

The Celts will make a late call on the fitness of winger James Forrest before Sunday’s derby at Ibrox.