Former Hibs boss Neil Lennon has thrown cold water over suggestions Celtic assistant John Kennedy could become the new Easter Road manager.

The Hibees are currently drawing up their shortlist of names who they want to replace sacked boss Paul Heckingbottom, with Kennedy’s name linked to the post.

Celtic assistant Kennedy is the latest name to be linked with the Hibs job. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Lennon has insisted though that Kennedy won’t be leaving Parkhead anytime soon.

He told the Edinburgh Evening News: “I don’t want John to go but it doesn’t surprise me he is being linked with Hibs because he is a superb coach.

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

Hibs have squad in place for whoever the new boss is

Kennedy has been a coach for a while now despite only being 36. Injury ended his career at the age of 26 and he’s been a Hoops coach since 2014.

Stopped playing due to serious injury. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon promoted him to assistant after he swapped Leith for Glasgow earlier this year and now he’s adamant his right-hand man isn’t going to one of his former stomping grounds.

Whoever comes in to manage Hibs has a big club to work with and a decent squad too. Interim boss Eddie May was able to display the Hibees’ full potential at the weekend during a 4-1 win over St Johnstone.

There is talent within this Hibs squad, they just need the right man to get it out of this team on a regular basis. With an international break in place now though, Hibs will use this period without games to drive forward their recruitment process.

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