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John Kennedy
Personal information
Full name John Kennedy
Date of birth 18 August 1983 (1983-08-18) (age 26)
Place of birth    Bellshill, Scotland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Norwich City (loan)
028 00(1)
016 00(2)   
National team
Scotland U-21s
015 00(1)
001 00(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

John Kennedy (born 18 August 1983 in Bellshill, Scotland) is a retired Scottish professional footballer who played as a centre back for Celtic and Norwich City. He was a defender and was also a Scotland international. He retired on 13 November 2009, having failed to fully recover from a horrific knee injury that he sustained on his Scotland debut in March 2004.

Kennedy is the grandson of Celtic and Manchester United player, Jimmy Delaney, but he is not related to John Kennedy, a midfielder who played for Celtic in the 1960s. Up until his retirement, Kennedy was Celtic's joint longest serving player along with fellow centre back Stephen McManus, having been with the Hoops since 1999.





Kennedy came through Celtic's youth system and signed a professional contract on the same day as fellow defender Stephen McManus. He made his first-team debut during the 1999/00 season. In the 2003/04 season he had a run in the Celtic starting eleven and came under scrutiny from scouts of AC Milan who contacted Celtic about making a move. It was during this season that Kennedy scored what proved to be his only goal for Celtic, against Dundee in the SPL.[1]

He suffered a serious knee ligament injury on his international debut against Romania in March 2004, due to a "late challenge" by Romanian striker Ionel Ganea.[2] This injury forced him out of the first team for almost three years and ultimately ended his career,[3] with Kennedy requiring several operations by Richard Steadman before he could even attempt a comeback.[4] The SFA compensated Celtic with respect to the player's wages following his injury, as it had been suffered while he was playing in an international match.

Kennedy finally resumed training in late 2006, and was an unused substitute for Celtic's Champions League match against AC Milan on 20 February 2007. He played his first competitive match since the injury on 22 April 2007, when Celtic clinched the SPL championship by winning 2–1 against Kilmarnock.[5] Four days later, on 26 April, Kennedy signed a new three-year contract with the club.[5][6]

Kennedy made further appearances for Celtic over the next several months, but during a Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk on 28 November, he was stretchered off after he twisted his knee on landing from an aerial challenge. The initial diagnosis was that he sustained damage to his lateral meniscus and the posterior lateral complex of the same knee he had previously injured, ruling him out for up to 3 months.[7] This match proved to be Kennedy's final appearance for Celtic.[5]

Norwich City

It was reported on 14 July 2008 by BBC Sport that Kennedy had joined Motherwell on a six month loan deal,[8] but this report was denied by Celtic later that day[9] Kennedy did, however, meet up with the Motherwell squad in Austria, on trial. Soon afterwards, however, it was confirmed that Kennedy would join Norwich City on loan until January.[10] He made his Norwich debut in a 2–0 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on 9 August 2008; Kennedy scored his first Norwich goal in a 3–1 defeat at Derby. Kennedy returned to Celtic after further damaging his troubled knee in December 2008.


On 13 November 2009, it was announced that John Kennedy was to retire from football, at the age of 26, on medical grounds.[11][12]


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