Report claims Hibs to move for Celtic assistant boss John Kennedy

Neil Lennon previously issued hands-off warning to former club

Tuesday, 12th November 2019, 9:04 am

Hibs are eager to speak to John Kennedy about becoming their next manager, according to the Scottish Sun.

The 36-year-old has emerged as a new front-runner as Easter Road chiefs discuss the best possible candidate to replace Paul Heckingbottom.

The former Scottish international doesn't have experience as a manager, though he's been a member of Celtic's successful backroom staff under Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers before moving up to the position of assistant boss when Neil Lennon returned to the club.

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Hibs are interested in John Kennedy, left, though former boss Neil Lennon won't let him go easy.

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The former Hibs manager told his old club that he wouldn't let Kennedy go without a fight as Celtic bid for a ninth successive title, a fourth consecutive treble and try to navigate their way through the latter stages of the Europa League.

Lennon said: “We don’t want him to go but it doesn’t surprise me because he’s a superb coach.

“It’s a feather in John’s cap if that’s the case but as far as I’m concerned he won’t be going anywhere because he’s an integral part of what we do here.”