Jonny Hayes makes two predictions about Celtic's John Kennedy

Jonny Hayes of Celtic is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown Training Session on October 23, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic assistant John Kennedy has been linked with Hibernian.

Jonny Hayes of Celtic is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown Training Session on October 23, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic wide man Jonny Hayes has told The Scottish Sun that he doesn't think John Kennedy will be leaving Celtic for Hibernian any time soon.

When Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester City earlier this year, Celtic coaches Chris Davies and Kolo Toure decided to follow Rodgers to the Premier League side – but Kennedy stayed put.


Kennedy was first team coach under Rodgers, but then promoted to assistant manager when Neil Lennon returned to Parkhead as Rodgers' successor.


Kennedy has played a key role in the Celtic setup for many years now, and his work has seemingly attracted interest from Hibernian after sacking Paul Heckingbottom last week.

The Edinburgh Evening News report that Kennedy features prominently on their list of candidates, though Lennon has warded his former club off a move for the 38-year-old.

Now, Celtic veteran Hayes has admitted that Kennedy has been helping him improve his defensive game having been played as a left back under Lennon, despite being brought to Parkhead as a left back.

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic and coach John Kennedy in discussion during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Leipzig at Celtic Park on November 8, 2018 in...

Hayes added two predictions on Kennedy; the first being that he doesn't think he will leave Celtic, and the second being that he will become a manager one day – and few would bet against him becoming Bhoys boss in the future.

“I can’t see him leaving. It’s obvious he’s going to be a manager one day,” said Hayes. “The work he does, he’s been enormous behind the scenes. He was a great player but he’s an outstanding coach. He’s Celtic through and through as well, so I can’t see him leaving the club — at least I hope not!”

“I’d played left-back before but it’s hard trying to learn a new position and picking it up as quickly as possible.” I feel I’m learning every time I play out there but it’s great to be able to bounce any questions off John. He’s a fantastic coach who really knows the defensive side of the game. He’s been a real comfort blanket for me and I always talk to him about it after games. He’s reassured me and given me confidence,” he added.

21st April 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Celtic; Neil Lennon Celtic Manager and explains a point to John Kennedy  (Celtic...

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