Report: Hibernian pondering move for Celtic coach John Kennedy after 2019 snub

By David Walton

April 19, 2022

Hibernian are considering yet another move for Celtic coach John Kennedy after he previously rejected a move to Easter Road in 2019, the Scottish Sun reports.

The report claims that Kennedy is being looked at by Hibs with a view to starting in the summer. This comes after David Gray was put in interim charge for the rest of the season with Shaun Maloney being sacked earlier today.

The report also states that Hibs were interested in Kennedy as far back as when Maloney was first appointed. However, it’s unclear whether he was their first choice before Maloney’s arrival.

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Kennedy turned down the opportunity to move to Easter Road back in 2019 before Jack Ross was installed as the new boss. The Celtic number 2 stated in February 2021 that he didn’t regret the decision either [Edinburgh Live].

In the past, Kennedy has spoken about his desire to one day become a manager [The Scotsman]. But given his success with Ange Postecoglou this season, it remains to be seen what his thoughts are these days.

Celtic are on course to win a league and cup double this season. And Ange would surely prefer to avoid backroom changes if he can avoid it ahead of another big summer.

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John Kennedy to Hibs? A rumour that won’t go away

Kennedy to Hibs has always felt like a decent fit in truth. The former being an up-and-coming managerial prospect looking to make his way in the game with the latter giving him a fantastic platform in which to do so.

However, evidently, Kennedy is comfortable at Parkhead. He’s been a part of the first-team backroom staff stretching back to the Ronny Deila years back in 2014. Since then, he’s been accepted and admired by the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Neil Lennon, and now Ange Postecoglou.

Whilst fans have never truly been given the details of Kennedy’s day-to-day tasks at Lennoxtown, it’s clear there’s a love and respect for him in there. You have to believe that if Ange had wanted him gone then that would’ve been the case.

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Instead, he’s managed to bolster his reputation once more by winning the trust of the manager and being part of what will hopefully be a hugely successful season.

If a move to Hibs does come about this time around, he would go with the best wishes of many. You can’t see Ange or Celtic blocking it if both parties want this enough.

But given what Kennedy has said in the past? You feel he still sees his future here.

In other news, Karamoko Dembele bags wonder assist but Celtic B lose out to rivals in Glasgow Cup