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Mackay needs time to build Scottish game: Celts coach

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic coach John Kennedy has called for Malky Mackay to be given time to implement his blueprint for the future of Scottish football. The former Wigan and Cardiff manager was confirmed as the Scottish Football Association's performance director at Hampden Park yesterday.

Mackay, the successor to Brian McClair, who quit in the summer, will oversee the SFA's attempts to produce elite young players.

Former Hoops defender Kennedy was part of the youth set-up at Celtic before moving up to first-team duties. Ahead of the home Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Dundee at Parkhead tomorrow, he said: "He is Scottish, has our game at heart and will do what's best for our game.

"He has to come up with a blueprint for (developing youngsters). It is important not to get disheartened after two years if something is not happening. To build something takes time.

"The most important part is that you give someone time to build something."

Skipper Scott Brown is suspended but Scott Sinclair returns after a hamstring injury.

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