HIBS are expected to make an official approach to Celtic for permission to speak to assistant manager John Kennedy.

The Easter Road outfit have targeted the Hoops’ impressive No.2 although boss Neil Lennon insisted his deputy “was going nowhere” earlier in the week, as CQN reported.

Kennedy has emerged as one of the favourites to take over from Paul Heckingbottom who, ironically, was sacked in the aftermath of the 5-2 Betfred League Cup semi-final against the holders 11 days ago.

The 36-year-old former Scotland international defender, whose career was cut short at the age of 21 with a knee injury, has come through the ranks at Parkhead, starting with the youths and moving up in 2014 when Ronny Deila arrived and continuing his progress two years later under the reign of Brendan Rodgers.

And he got the assistant manager’s job in February when Lennon returned for his second spell following the swift departure of Rodgers to Leicester City.

Jack Ross, who was sacked by English League One side Sunderland earlier this season, is also on the Hibs radar and former Liverpool and Leeds winger Harry Kewell is in the frame, too. He watched the club win over St Johnstone in Perth at the weekend.


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