By Alex McLeish

17th Jun, 2022 | 10:39am

John Kennedy could be replaced at Celtic by 'big name' with 'star status' after Sky update - expert

Alex McLeish has suggested Harry Kewell’s prospective arrival could result in a shakeup of the Celtic coaching staff this summer.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, tipped the 43-year-old to become Ange Postecoglou’s new “second man” at Parkhead.

As reported by Sky Sports last week (10 June), Kewell is set to join the Bhoys as a first-team coach, having been dismissed as manager of Barnet back in September 2021.

Postecoglou did not make any changes to the coaching setup when he joined last summer, with John Kennedy kept on as his assistant manager.

However, McLeish suggested Kewell could take his place as his fellow countryman’s right-hand man.

“Sir Alex Ferguson always implored that you bring in people you really trust to work beside you. Bolster your back, that kind of thing,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

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“Gavin Strachan, John Kennedy, these boys have been fantastic assistants to the manager. I’m sure he’s appreciated that.

“But you always like the comfort of a really trustworthy second man. Harry Kewell seems to fit the bill.

“He’s a big name, he’s got that kind of star status as well, although the gaffer will remain in charge, Postecoglou.

“Harry will be trying to earn his stripes new stripes as a coach and manager. It makes sense.”

Kennedy has been part of Celtic’s first-team setup since Ronny Deila took charge in 2014.

He was promoted to assistant manager in 2019 under Neil Lennon.

The 38-year-old had a stint as caretaker boss at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

In other news, Celtic have agreed a £10million signing as new details emerge.