Gabriel Agbonlahor reckons John Kennedy might be handed the Celtic job because principle shareholder Dermott Desmond is known for not wanting his managers to have too much power.
Kennedy was handed the reins on a temporary basis following Neil Lennon's resignation and the 37-year-old got off to a decent start with a win over Aberdeen on Saturday.
But with season tickets to sell and a fan base to re-engage, it is thought the Hoops' board are far more likely to move for a big name in a similar style to their stunning capture of Brendan Rodgers
Former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor isn't so sure that's what Celtic's power brokers want and feels Kennedy is in with a good shout of his first permanent appointment.
He told Football Insider: “I actually think Kennedy might get it.
“He’s been at the club many years, he knows the club inside out. The owners – Desmond – are renowned for this, not wanting the manager to have too much power at the club.
“If they do well between now and the end of the season I can see Kennedy keeping the job because he’s the easy option.
“He’s probably been looking forward to getting the job for a little while, he’s been assistant manager.
“I don’t feel they’ll go for Paul Lambert, given what happened with Neil Lennon getting the sack.
“I feel they’ll go down the road of keeping Kennedy.
“We’ve seen it happen many times with managers so it wouldn’t surprise me if he does get it for the long-haul.
“It depends on results, if he goes and wins the rest of the games this season then Celtic fans will go ‘Ok, let’s give him a chance.’
“It’s not just about big-name managers who want a lot of money because I don’t think Celtic will give them that money.
“He deserves a chance.”