Bhoys won't rush Kennedy back
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan insists John Kennedy will not be rushed back into action.
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan insists John Kennedy will not be rushed back into action after returning to training.
Kennedy has been out of action for over two years after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for Scotland against Romania.
The 23-year-old has undergone four operations on his injured knee, but he is now finally on the road back.
Strachan is refusing to put a timescale on a return to action for Kennedy, but is hopeful the defender has finally overcome all his injury problems.
"John is training just now and we will see how he is at the end of the week, maybe Sunday," said Strachan.
"He's been training this week and he's looked quite comfortable.
"But we will let John decide because he's been out a long time.
"It's satisfying for me but huge for him that he is returning so we are keeping our fingers crossed."
Meanwhile, Celtic striker Craig Beattie insists he is determined to fight for his place in the team.
Beattie, who himself has only recently returned from a lengthy lay-off, has scotched talk of a possible loan move away in January and is happy to try and play his way into Strachan's plans.
"I'm definitely here for the long term," insisted Beattie."I'm still 22 and I'm not going anywhere unless I'm told that I'm not good enough and I don't feel that's the case.
"The manager is encouraging and very approachable and he told me if I keep working hard then there will be chances.
"We've got a strong squad and there are boys that don't even get stripped who have great ability.
"So I'm just working hard to try and force my way in.
"My confidence hasn't taken a battering at all.
"It's been a frustrating year I will say that much but now I'm back fit and I'm delighted.
"I would like to think there is a place for me but it's up to myself.
"I've got to go and prove it, it's not going to be handed to me but I know what I want to do."