KRIS COMMONS reckons his former Celtic boss Neil Lennon would be an “unlikely” appointment at Aberdeen as they search for Jim Goodwin’s successor.

However, the ex-Scotland international midfielder reckons current Hoops No.2 John Kennedy might be worthy of consideration.

Goodwin, under pressure following the 1-0 Scottish Cup exit at Darvel a week ago today, was sacked only minutes after the 6-0 hammering from Hibs at Easter Road on Saturday and Barry Robson was put in interim charge yesterday by the struggling Pittodrie outfit.

IT TAKES TWO…John Kennedy and Ange Postecoglou after last season’s League Cup Final success over Hibs at Hampden.

The one-time Dons, Celtic and Dundee United star will be assisted by Steve Agnew, with whom he worked at Middlesbrough, and development phase coach Scott Anderson as the club search for a new permanent manager.

The north-east club, who sit seventh in the table, say “an update on the search for a new manager will be communicated in due course”.

Commons said: “Neil Lennon would be a pretty safe pair of hands and he would definitely bring some discipline and organisation to the Aberdeen defence.

“But personal circumstances mean that he’s unable to take the job at this very moment in time, so I reckon that appointment looks unlikely.

RED RAGE…Aberdeen fans make their feelings known before kick-off at Easter Road as Jim Goodwin looks on.

“David Martindale would be an interesting one. He’s worked wonders with Livingston, so it would be interesting to see if he could cut it at a higher level.

“For me, John Kennedy would also be worth consideration. I know he’s maybe slightly left-field and lacks the managerial experience Aberdeen might feel they need right now.

“But I know from my own experience of working with him that he’s an excellent coach.

“He’s held in the highest regard by pretty much everyone he’s worked with.”

Commons, writing in his Daily Mail column, added: “He’s been heavily linked with vacancies at Hibs and Motherwell in the past.

DOWN AND OUT…Jim Goodwin knows it’s all over as the minutes tick down on the 6-0 collapse against Hibs.

“Could this be the time where he finally branches out from Celtic and becomes the main man as a head coach?

“I reckon Aberdeen could do a lot worse than at least lift the phone and ask the question.

“Kennedy brings a wealth of experience working under the likes of Lennon, Brendan Rodgers and Ange Postecoglou.

“But one thing’s for sure. Aberdeen and Dave Cormack must get this next appointment right.

“Dons fans deserve better than to see their club become the laughing stock of Scottish football.”

Kennedy had a 10-game stint in the Celtic dug-out after Lennon departed in February 2021 in the aftermath of 1-0 loss to Ross County in Dingwall.

Postecoglou was named long-term successor in June that year.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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