Celtic are facing a battle to keep assistant manager John Kennedy who is wanted at Tottenham Hotspur by Ange Postecoglou, according to Sky Sports.

The north Londoners confirmed the arrival of the Australian as the club’s new head coach earlier this week with Postecoglou signing a four-year contract with Tottenham.

Postecoglou has just finished his second season at Celtic, leading them to the Scottish title both years and the domestic treble this term, becoming one of only five Hoops managers – along with Jock Stein, Martin O’Neill, Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon – to secure a domestic clean sweep for Celtic.

The report claims that Postecoglou wants to bring Kennedy along with coach Gavin Strachan and analyst Greg Wallace to Tottenham when he officially takes up the post on July 1st.

Kennedy is said to be keen on making the move to Tottenham.  The 38-year-old was a player for 10 years at Celtic, however, injury cut his career short and the club offered him a route into coaching where he has worked under Neil Lennon, Ronny Deila, Brendan Rodgers and more recently Postecoglou.

Spurs had been without a permanent manager since Antonio Conte’s March exit, with stand-in Cristian Stellini later dismissed in the wake of the club’s dismal 6-1 defeat to Newcastle just one month later and Ryan Mason took up the role once again on an interim basis for the remaining fixtures.

John Kennedy

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Mason’s own future yet to be decided

Yesterday, the Evening Standard reported that Mason is set to meet with chairman Daniel Levy to discuss his own future at the club, with the former midfielder set to be offered a place within Postecoglou’s backroom staff.

It would remain to be seen how much of a senior role Mason would be offered if Postecoglou is already keen on bringing three of his most senior figures from his Celtic backroom team.

Mason is also reported to be attracting interest from Championship clubs, as well as some further attentiveness from overseas in the young manager.

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