John Kennedy needs Celtic to remind Rangers they’re nonetheless a power to be reckoned with after they tackle the brand new champions at Parkhead on Sunday.
Steven Gerrard’s facet not too long ago clinched the Ibrox membership’s fifty fifth Scottish Premiership title and in doing so scuppered Celtic’s hopes of constructing it a record-breaking 10 in a row.
Interim Hoops boss Kennedy, who stepped up from his position as assistant when Neil Lennon resigned final month, is eager for his facet to place down a marker towards Rangers, who they path by 20 factors in second place within the desk.
“It is vitally vital to everybody, the followers, the membership, the gamers themselves. Everybody is aware of what it means,” Kennedy advised Celtic TV.
“It isn’t, as a result of the league is completed, a nothing recreation, it’s a recreation in its personal proper, it’s a derby match and one through which we wish to put issues proper.
“We all know now we have underachieved in latest [derby] video games, particularly the final recreation [a 1-0 defeat at Ibrox], the place we thought it was a superb efficiency after which we went all the way down to 10 males and misplaced the sport.
“However that offers us confidence that we are able to impose our type and win the sport which is an important factor.
“We’d have misplaced the league title, however we’re actually not away, we’re nonetheless striving to get again to being the very best workforce within the nation.”
Kennedy urges followers to remain at house
Kennedy believes a win would elevate the spirits of Celtic followers who’ve been unable to attend video games all season attributable to coronavirus restrictions.
The previous Hoops defender, nevertheless, harassed the necessity for supporters to remain at house and keep protected earlier than throughout and after the match.
Kennedy added: “It’s a robust season for everybody, particularly our followers who’ve had nice success over the seasons.
“We clearly went into the season with excessive hopes and now we have not fairly reached that degree.
“In order that has been disappointing for everybody, ourselves included, however clearly the followers are those who haven’t been allowed to attend the video games and assist the workforce the way in which they need, which I think about has been very tough.
“We actually have missed having them behind us. It has been actually robust, however I think about it could have been even more durable for them sitting at house having to observe it on a TV display slightly than within the stadium.
“We encourage everybody to benefit from the match at house, very a lot assist the workforce as greatest you possibly can with household and associates and keep at house. We are going to miss you however hopefully we are able to get an enormous consequence for you.”