Celtic interim boss John Kennedy says club have to focus on themselves and not results elsewhere

Celtic interim boss John Kennedy says club should avoid being distracted by results elsewhere and focus on delivering good performances; watch Dundee United vs Celtic live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event on Sunday from 11.00am; kick-off 12pm

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Any dropped points by Celtic on Sunday at Dundee United could lead to Rangers clinching the title - but interim Cetic boss John Kennedy says his team just need to concern themselves with putting in a good performance

John Kennedy insists Celtic must avoid thinking about what Rangers are doing and focus on themselves heading into their match at Dundee United on Sunday.

The Celtic interim boss, who won his first game at the helm 1-0 against Aberdeen last weekend, is conscious that any dropped points would open the door for Rangers to confirm their first league title since 2011.

However, Kennedy says the only focus for Celtic is on delivering an improved performance from their one against the Dons when they visit Tannadice, live on Sky Sports.


Asked if his players have added motivation to delay Rangers' title celebrations, Kennedy said: "It might be but again we can't worry about what might be going on elsewhere or how it might affect anybody else.

"We have to got to think of ourselves all the time. That's where we're at. Ultimately Rangers are sitting in a very strong position, and if we were sitting in that position we would be comfortable, we would be feeling confident.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen

"We have got to park that. We have got to think of ourselves, face up to the season, this is the way it's been, but what do we do going forward?

"One, improving performances. There was lots in the Aberdeen game I really liked, especially first half. I thought we were slick and smooth in our play and created good opportunities. I think if we get a second goal it is a totally different game.

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"Going into the second half, it stays 1-0, a bit of edginess crept in. We have spoken about that and addressed that, tried to instil more belief and confidence in the players as the week has went on. We just want to show that in the performances and park what might or might not be elsewhere.

"It might be in the back of some people's heads who have been here a long time, and if that's extra motivation great, use it for that."

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Image: Odsonne Edouard gave Celtic a winning start under Kennedy against Aberdeen

Kennedy was pleased with his players' reaction last weekend and has called on his squad to take the positives out of the victory against Aberdeen, which rounded off a testing week following the departure of Neil Lennon.

A first away game as caretaker boss at seventh-placed Dundee United will provide ample opportunity for Celtic to take steps towards developing the consistency Kennedy wants to foster.

"This week we managed to take belief and confidence from the result, take the positives out of the game and have a really good training week with a good intensity and a good focus on things," Kennedy added.

"At the same time, try to lift the spirits a bit and breed that confidence, that's what we have got to do now. We have got to build and got to be consistent in what we are doing and see where that takes us."

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Celtic interim manager John Kennedy says his side must go back to basics to end the Scottish Premiership season well after the resignation of Neil Lennon

Celtic recruitment 'an on-going process'

Kennedy also insisted recruitment plans for next season continue despite the club's new boss not yet being in the building.

The interim boss said: "It was obviously on-going when Neil was here, we were involved in discussions in terms of where Nick Hammond (head of football operations) and his team were at, what they were looking at, what we need and there will have to be changes in the summer as there always is in terms of player pools.

"It is still an on-going process and that is the thing about the club, around the management side of it, there is structures there and departments in place that continually do the work.

"So everything is still on-going in the background so that whatever happens there is food for thought there and decisions to be made.

"Ultimately for Celtic there is a certain type of player and a certain type of coach who would take the team and play in a certain way.

"Celtic is always a team who want to have good attacking players, creative players, goal scorers, flair and attacking intent but also, any coach or manager will have their own take on that."

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