Celtic’s Kennedy announces retirement

by Neil Sherwin

Scottish international John Kennedy has lost his battle with injury and announced his retirement from the game.

The 26 year old Celtic defender has had ongoing problems dating back to a knee ligament injury suffered on his international debut following an horrific challenge by Romania’s Ionel Ganea.

He spent three years on the sideline which included lengthy spells in America and numerous surgeries before attempting a comeback on a number of occasions.

“It is with great regret that I have made this decision,” he told the Celtic website.

“However, given the medical advice which I received, this is the right decision.

“Clearly, this is very disappointing for me and my family.

“However, this is something I will accept and come to terms with.

“I have enjoyed my time with Celtic immensely and I would like to thank everyone at the club and all the Celtic fans for all the support and backing they have given me during my time.

“It has been an absolute privilege to play for such a great club and of course I wish the team the very best for the future.”

Kennedy made 45 appearances for the Glasgow giants, scoring one goal.

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Neil Sherwin

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com and BackPageRugby.com. Writes mostly on Premier League, A-League and MLS with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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