As Celtic toil for a new manager and Rangers fans laugh all the way to 55, the deluded comments of the guy currently occupying the hotseat make him a perfect fit for the Parkhead club.

Celtic fans have been left red-faced after the representatives of ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe refuted claims that a deal to take him to Parkhead was almost done [Sky Sports].

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Celtic coach John Kennedy thinks his side are still the best in the country. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It leaves the hot seat still very much open with long-term coach and former player John Kennedy in interim charge for the rest of the season.

Looking ahead to the Parkhead club’s clash with Rangers next weekend, Kennedy made a bold claim that Celtic are the best team in the country after a 6-0 win over Livingston.

“The last game and the 60 minutes at Ibrox [before Nir Bitton’s red card] we showed that [we can back our squad over any other],” said Kennedy [Scotsman].

“At Celtic Park we were excellent and dominated. We should have won, albeit we didn’t. The next step is to go and win.

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“To do that in a cup tie would be extra special, especially with how we want to finish the season.


“It’s a good tie for us. An exciting game for everyone and we will be very much fired up for it. In terms of our level of performance – how we can play and create – there was a lot of positives [last month].

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard might think something particularly different when it comes to those deluded comments of Kennedy’s. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We just have to be much more clinical at the top end and not be switching off at set-play moments. That’s been the outcome of the [Rangers] games recently.

“We will be fully focused on that and we will try to build our performances. But I have full belief in the squad we have here, that on our day we are still the best team in the country.”

Like a desperate graduate embellishing his C.V. to snare a job probably above his station, Kennedy certainly knows how to lubricate the Celtic support.

These sorts of comments – completely delusional given Rangers’ 20-point lead and unbeaten status this season – appeal to certain Celtic fans and that’s no bad news for Rangers.

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We all know who the best team in Scotland is. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This is the club’s team-talk ahead of next weekend with Rangers now set the challenge of proving to Kennedy and his charges that the Celtic manager is speaking utter dug meat.

But maybe this level of spin will do more than just encourage Rangers and their fans with Kennedy surely having one eye on the top job at Parkhead.

One Scottish Premiership manager claimed that Kennedy has put himself in the frame for the job with that result in the weekend – and Rangers fans everywhere have their fingers crossed he’s right.

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