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John Kennedy says Celtic are focused on Motherwell game

Celtic's manager John Kennedy (L) and Stephen Frail celebrate with the trophy after winning the Cup

The Bhoys first-team coach sounds eager to help the club to silverware as quickly as possible this season.

Celtic manager John KennedyCeltic coach John Kennedy

Celtic are focusing on their League Cup tie against Motherwell on Wednesday evening, first team coach John Kennedy has told the club website, as the Glasgow giants look to make progress in the first available trophy of the season.

The Hoops will face the Steelmen at Celtic Park having smashed them 7-0 in the final league game of last season - Ronny Deila's final match as manager - and will be hoping for another emphatic result as they set their eyes on the quarter-finals of the redeveloped competition.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila gestures to their fans after the gameCeltic manager Ronny Deila gestures to their fans after the Motherwell game

That rout in May was notable as it featured seven separate goalscorers for Celtic against a side that have been one of the stronger teams in Scotland more often than not over the last decade.

Kennedy emphasised that the League Cup was a huge opportunity to earn some silverware before the Christmas period - the final is now scheduled for November rather than the traditional time later in the season - with Celtic surely eager to be successful in a competition they have only won once over the last seven seasons.

It underlines that the club are pushing for success on every available front, just as a club the size of the Bhoys should be.

“We’ll approach this game with the same mentality we’ve had in every game so far, and hopefully we can get a good result,” Kennedy told celticfc.net.

“The mentality of the boys is getting stronger and stronger and the last two games have shown that. Towards the end of the game we’re still motoring strong and we’re getting goals, and that’s the trademark of a good team.

Celtic's manager John Kennedy (L) and Stephen Frail celebrate with the trophy after winning the CupCeltic coach John Kennedy (L) and Stephen Frail celebrate after winning the Scottish FA Youth Cup

“At this stage, you win one game and you’re in the quarter-final, and hopefully we could have a trophy in the bag pre-Christmas. It starts now. The European stuff will take care of itself, but most important for us is Motherwell and making sure we do our business.”

Despite a disappointing start to Rodgers' reign at the Bhoys, with the Scottish champions losing in Gibraltar to the Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League Qualifying Rounds, the Irishman has helped Celtic navigate the subsequent tie against FC Astana, while also helping them to down Hearts in the Scottish Premiership opener.

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