Callum McGregor believes it is “imperative” that Celtic keep hold of the in-demand John Kennedy amid rumours linking him with the vacant Hibernian job. 

Reports have suggested that Kennedy is a leading candidate for Hibs, who have drawn up a five-man shortlist of potential replacements for Paul Heckingbottom, who lost his job following the 5-2 defeat to Celtic in the League Cup semi-final.

However according to HITC, CalMac told Sky Sports News that Kennedy is a “massive” figure at the club and he hopes Neil Lennon’s assistant will stay at Parkhead. 

I think he’s massive. Day-to-day, everybody will tell you how good John is and I think it’s imperative from the club that we manage to keep him there. I think everyone will say the same and tell you how much of an influence he is. For us, we hope that he stays.

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Kennedy certainly appears to be a both important and popular figure at Celtic, given how both CalMac and Lennon are keen to see him stay at Parkhead. 

The 36-year-old will certainly face a difficult decision therefore if Hibs do approach him, given how it would be an excellent chance for him personally to take charge at Easter Road.

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