Jackie McNamara says he cannot see Celtic assistant coach John Kennedy leaving Parkhead to take charge of Hibernian as speculation builds over a potential switch.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Hoops and Scotland defender says that he does not think Neil Lennon’s number two will be desperate to leave the club and that the Bhoys will do what they can to keep him on board.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Hoops are “desperate” to keep the 36-year-old as part of Lennon’s backroom staff and see him as a potential successor to the Northern Irish boss in the dugout.

With talks on the cards to try and convince Kennedy to stick with the Bhoys as assistant manager rather than taking on the Hibs job, McNamara says he cannot see the senior figure leaving Parkhead right now.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I can’t see it happening. I can’t see him leaving Celtic at this stage.

“I think they would try and stop it at this stage as well. There’s a lot of speculation between John and that they want to speak to him but I don’t see that happening at all.

“From John’s side, I don’t think he’ll be desperate to leave and from Celtic’s side they won’t want to lose anybody at this moment in time.”

Kennedy, who joined the Hoops’ coaching staff back in 2014, worked under both Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers, helping the club during their treble-treble winning seasons.

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