CELTIC interim manager John Kennedy admits that even he would like clarity on the ongoing managerial saga at the club, but says he knows as much as he did two months ago.

It has long been known that Eddie Howe is the preferred candidate of the Celtic board to replace Neil Lennon as permanent manager of the club, but fans have been left frustrated as an announcement has yet to materialise.

And Kennedy himself says that it has been hard for him not to have any answers over who is going to lead the club in the longer term.

“I think everyone would want that,” Kennedy said. “The timing of that depends on where the club are regarding the appointment of the new manager.

“It can be frustrating at times because everyone wants answers but you have to be patient and trust that the club is taking their time to make the right decisions and doing things properly.”

When asked if he would be open to working with the new manager as part of his coaching staff, Kennedy said: “I honestly have no idea. I just want to deal with the weekend, have a day or two off to reflect and then from there just see what’s happening going forward. I’m no clearer than I was two months ago as to what the situation is.

“I think we just have to see what develops here or elsewhere and make decisions accordingly.”

Despite the often bruising experience he has had while in temporary charge of Celtic, Kennedy says he hasn’t been put off the notion of being a manager in his own right, and will take his time to consider his next move after the final match of the season against Hibernian this lunchtime.

“It’s been good,” he said. “The circumstances have been difficult, because when I thought about taking that next step I always pictured it as having everything set up nicely for a new challenge. So my first experience of the role has been different from what I anticipated.

“But it’s been a good experience for me and once I’ll certainly look back on later in life and regard as being second to none.

“It certainly toughens you and gives you a different outlook on things but I’ve enjoyed it, even though it’s been challenging. It’s been a tough season but I’ve still enjoyed working with the players and having the extra responsibility.

“However, I’m not going to rush straight into management now: it’s a case of waiting to see what opportunities are available and what’s right for myself as well as making sure it would be something I’d enjoy.”