NEIL LENNON'S Celtic tenure is hanging by a thread after Saturday's defeat to St Mirren.
And the club's assistant manager John Kennedy has rocketed into contention to replace the Northern Irishman at Parkhead.
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Kennedy was available at 10/1 with Betfair last week but has now shortened to 11/4 having been backed heavily overnight.
The 37-year-old has worked his way up the coaching ladder with Celtic and is a popular figure with the players.
He started as a first-team scout in 2010 before eventually climbing to Lennon's No.2 after the departure of Brendan Rodgers in early 2019.
However, Kennedy still trails odds-on 8/15 market favourite Rafa Benitez.
The Spanish tactician is currently a free agent having left his role as boss of Chinese side Dalian Professional.
Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is next in the betting at 7/2.
Howe's stock remains high having kept the Cherries in the English top-flight for five seasons playing energetic, attacking and expansive football.
Recently axed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is already being touted for a new role in management.
He's been tipped to stay in London with Crystal Palace, but Betfair think he's a 7/1 chance to replace Lennon.
Steve Clarke, Alex Neil and Damien Duff are all locked together at 12/1.
Lennon has endured a torrid season with his side now 23 points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers with two games in hand.
Celtic next manager odds – Betfair
- Rafa Benitez – 8/15
- John Kennedy – 11/4
- Eddie Howe – 7/2
- Frank Lampard – 7/1
- Steve Clarke – 12/1
- Alex Neil – 12/1
- Damien Duff – 12/1
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And after yesterday's first home defeat to St Mirren since 1990 – the boss appears to have turned on his players.
He said: "There has definitely been a disconnect between the team that ended last season and started this one.
"The lack of belief and lack of quality – it's not just individuals, it's a collective, and it's symptomatic of the season.
"It was dreadful. We deserved what we got today. I would say this is the lowest point of the six years I have been manager here.
"This is a real test of adversity and you have to show strength. I want to show strength but I need some support and performances from players.
"Too many of them have been insipid this season, to say the least. Whatever walk of life you are in you need to have a form of professional pride. Especially at a club like this."
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