REPORTS linking John Kennedy with a move to Hibs have been killed off because of his commitment to Celtic.

Neil Lennon said at the start of the week his assistant “was going nowhere” – as CQN reported – and those words have been rubber-stamped, according to a media report.

The Easter Road outfit, who sacked Paul Heckingbotton following the 5-2 Betfred League Cup semi-final defeat to the Hoops 12 days ago, had planned to talk to the highly-rated Parkhead No.2.

US-based Ron Gordon, the Edinburgh side’s new owner, had been eager to sanction an official approach to Kennedy, but it is now believed those plans were scuppered when it became known the 36-year-old coach had no intention of leaving the champions.

The former club and country centre-half is concentrating fully on the job at hand with the holders looking to pick up their TENTH domestic trophy when they take on Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit at Hampden on December 8 plus there is the knock-out stages of the Europa League to look forward to next year.

There is also the little matter of a ninth successive championship and the defence of the Scottish Cup that has been in the Parkhead trophy room for the past three years.

Hibs are now set to turn to former Sunderland and St Mirren gaffer Jack Ross.


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