John Kennedy has no chance of landing the Celtic job – it will go to a “high profile” manager like Roy Keane.

That is the view of former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about players’ influence on the next appointment at Parkhead.

Football Insider understands Celtic have opened talks with Roy Keane about becoming their new manager, with the club ready to offer him the post.

The 49-year-old has been out of management for 10 years, although he has held three assistant manager posts in the interim.

Robinson believes the club will move to appoint a big-name manager rather than Kennedy.

“The players have no say, unless they are winning every week on the pitch,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“The only way Welsh and others can get Kennedy the job is by winning two or three nil every week.

“If they win every game between now and the end of the season it would give Kennedy the best opportunity. The only way you can get a manager a job is by putting in performances on the pitch.

“However, even in that eventuality I do not think Kennedy would get the job. I think the club will appoint a high profile, proven manager.”  

Kennedy has taken charge of three games since Neil Lennon’s exit, with two draws and one win to his name.

Speaking to BBC Sportsround, Hoops defender Stephen Welsh backed his interim boss to be awarded the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

In other news, Whelan rips into Everton loanee Kenny after he was shown up at Celtic Park.