CELTIC No.2 John Kennedy has emerged as a strong favourite for the Hibs managerial job, according to reports in the Scottish media.

Neil Lennon insisted yesterday – as reported in CQN – his assistant manager “won’t be going anywhere”.

However, it appears the Easter Road hierarchy, looking for a replacement for Paul Heckingbottom who was sacked a week ago,  are preparing an approach for the Hoops’ 36-year-old who was promoted in the team’s reshuffle in February following the swift departure of Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City.

Jack Ross, the former Alloa, St Mirren and Sunderland gaffer, was the early frontrunner and the Edinburgh side have already had discussions with the manager who was fired by the English League One outfit earlier in the campaign.

Harry Kewell, the former Liverpool, Leeds United and Australian international winger who has managed Crawley Town and Notts County, has also been linked with the post. He watched the club in action in their 4-1 win over St Johnstone in Perth at the weekend.

Kennedy, who was forced to quit playing at the age of 21 after suffering a knee injury playing for Scotland against Romania in 2004, is highly rated at the champions and there is a belief he would have no intention of leaving Parkhead.

He has played a key role beside Lennon in keeping the team at the top of the Premiership, a place in the Betfred League Cup Final on December 8 and also the knock-out stages of the Europa League next year.

Kennedy moved up from the youth set-up in 2014 under Ronny Deila and has clearly impressed others with his efforts.


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