John Kennedy addresses Celtic fan ‘bring on the Rangers’ chants before derby clash.

The assistant boss was on the touchline with Rodgers banned

John Kennedy heard  fans chanting “bring on the Rangers” after their 3-0 win over Livingston – and insisted he, too, is ready for the big one next week.

The Hoops swept aside at Almondvale thanks to a Jamie Brandon own goal and strikes from and Matt O’Riley. It was one of the most comfortable wins of the season for  who built momentum before the powderkeg derby at Ibrox next weekend which could go a long way in defining the title race.

Fans in the away section this afternoon were clearly in confident mood as they prepare for their rivals next week and Kennedy was pleased to hear from the punters.

“Did I hear the chants at the end? Yeah, and it’s good. They feed off the players,” he told Sportsound. “That’s what we were saying to the team as well, the fans want us to play a certain manner and we always try and achieve that. You see whenever we’re in full flow and scoring goals, the atmosphere they bring and the confidence it brings the players.

“We’re in a good place and we just need to keep that going.”

It was Kennedy on media duties and on the touchline alone with Brendan Rodgers suspended and the assistant addressed having the boss back at Ibrox.

And he also spoke on the chances of captain Callum McGregor being back as well as Reo Hatate and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

“Will Callum be back for next week? Hopefully, hopefully. We’ll see how he goes during the week, he’s not trained as yet but he’s improving so we’ll take each day as it comes along the way and see what it brings.

“But having Reo back and Cameron back getting 90 minutes in his legs, it’s coming together pretty nicely.

“Brendan I’m pretty sure will be there, I think it’s the only time he’s done it in his career and I don’t think he’ll have enjoyed sitting in the stand today.”

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