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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: McGREGOR PLEA TO CELTIC No.2, EX-OLD FIRM STAR SACKED, SAINTS BOSS HAILS SCOTS WINGER

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CALLUM McGREGOR hopes John Kennedy snubs any potential interest from Hibs and remains in his assistant manager’s role at Celtic.

Neil Lennon’s highly-rated No.2 appears to be on the Easter Road side’s radar following their sacking of Paul Heckinbottom following the team’s 5-2 hammering in the Betfred League Cup semi-final from the Hoops at Hampden 11 days ago.

Scotland international McGregor, who worked with Kennedy in the Parkhead youths set-up before the 36-year-old former centre-half’s backroom step up, praised the work he has done alongside Ronny Deila, Brendan Rodgers and now Neil Lennon.

The midfielder, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I think he’s massive. Day-to-day, everybody will tell you how good John is and I think it’s imperative for the club that we manage to keep him there.

“He is such an influence for us. We hope that he stays.”

McGregor was reacting to reports the Edinburgh outfit are expected to make an official approach to the champions for their deputy gaffer.

Boss Lennon has already insisted Kennedy “is going nowhere”, but it’s clear he is high up on Hibs’ shortlist.

Former Alloa and St Mirren chief Jack Ross, who was axed by English League One side Sunderland earlier this season, is also being considered.

Former Australian international winger Harry Kewell has also been linked with the job and the ex-Liverpool and Leeds United ace was at McDiarmid Park at the weekend to watch them beat St Johnstone 4-1.

STEVEN PRESSLEY has been fired by Carlisle United after only 10 months in charge of the League Two club.

The former Celtic, Rangers and Hearts defender leaves with the club in 19th position in England’s fourth tier,.

The 46-year-old one-time Scotland international leaves after last night 3-1 loss from Morecambe in the Leasing.com Trophy.

“Steven has given his all and has worked tirelessly since the day he joined us,” chairman Andrew Jenkins said in a statement.

“We understand the challenges and have supported him throughout, but we haven’t seen the evidence of progress we expected or needed to see.

“This is not something we can allow to continue, so sadly it is time to change, move on and look forward.”

Pressley, who has also managed Coventry City, Fleetwood Town and Falkirk, succeeded John Sheridan.

Carlisle have struggled losing 12 of their 23 matches in all competitions and gaining just five wins in the league.

LEWIS MORGAN is being tipped to be a success with Scotland following yesterday’s call-up for the Euro 2020 double-header against Cyprus on Saturday and Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin rates the 23-year-old Celtic winger after playing alongside him for the Paisley outfit when he first broke into the side.

The Saints gaffer, speaking in a report in the Daily Record, said: “It’s brilliant for Lewis to get called up.

“He came on against us a few weeks ago and, physically, I can see the difference in him.

“He’s really filled out, he’s obviously been working out in the gym a lot. Athletically, we know what he’s capable of. He’s an absolute machine getting up and down the park.

“Steve Clarke can see the attributes he has. He clearly feels he’s fit enough to take part and he is a fantastic player.

“Lewis is very level-headed and I don’t think the stresses and strains of Scotland will faze him in the slightest.

“I think he’ll enjoy that pressure.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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