Date: 13th November 2019 at 10:53pm
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John Kennedy WON’T be moving to Hibs as replacement for Paul Heckingbottom.

After three days of speculation linking the Celtic assistant with a move to Easter Road a report in The Sun has ruled Kennedy out of the surprise move.

The prospect was first raised on Sunday with Neil Lennon issuing a hands-off warning after Celtic’s 2-0 win over Motherwell.

That failed to halt the speculation but in a very credible piece in The Sun they state:

JOHN KENNEDY has ended talk of a stunning move to become Hibs boss by committing to Celtic. It’s a huge boost for Celts gaffer Neil Lennon — and a major blow for the Easter Road club.

Hibs are now set to turn to former Sunderland and St Mirren boss Jack Ross, who is also wanted by city rivals Hearts. SunSport told on Tuesday how highly-rated Hoops No?2 Kennedy was favourite to replace the sacked Paul Heckingbottom.

Hibees owner Ron Gordon was ready to sanction an official approach for permission to speak to the 36-year-old when it emerged there was no chance of Lennon’s right-hand man leaving Celtic Park.

Kennedy was forced to retire from playing a decade ago and after a brief spell on Celtic’s scouting staff joined Stevie Frail in charge of the hoops youth side.

In 2014 he joined Ronny Deila and John Collins as part of the first team management team and retained that place under Brendan Rodgers.

When the Irishman decided to dedicate his life to Leicester Kennedy knocked back the chance to move south and was confirmed as Lennon’s assistant when he got the Celtic job on a permanent basis.