Paddy Kenny reckons Celtic may ‘already have someone appointed and ready’ to take over at Parkhead come the end of the season.
The former Sheffield United, Leeds and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper was speaking to Football Insider in the wake of an exciting claim from journalist Stuart Hodge tweeted on Saturday morning that an agreement with Eddie Howe has been struck, with an announcement of the appointment to come ‘in the very near future’.
The identity of Celtic’s next manager remains unknown more than two months on from Neil Lennon’s resignation, with just two league games remaining this season, with Howe long being the ‘strong favourite’ for the role.
Intriguingly, a statement on Friday informed fans that the club was ‘working hard to complete the appointment of the new Celtic manager’, suggesting a deal was at an advanced stage. They vowed that they would do all they can ‘to confirm this as soon as possible to our supporters’.
Hodge’s subsequent tweet would suggest that Celtic’s statement could be more than just rhetoric to try and satisfy the support base.
Kenny understands why Celtic fans may be ‘unhappy’ at the delays but urged them to ‘trust the owners’. According to Football Insider, Howe verbally agreed to take the job ‘before having second thoughts’.
The ex-Ireland goalkeeper told Football Insider: “They could already have someone appointed and ready to go in.
“I don’t know if Howe is still in for it. It’s one of those where they might want to get this season out of the way first and start afresh before making an announcement.
“You can see why the fans are unhappy if they think Howe is using the club as a bargaining chip.
“But if that’s their man and they want him that much then you’ve got to trust the owners and take him on board.”
Celtic conclude their miserable season away to Hibernian on Saturday and may indeed make an announcement either side of that game.
Whilst you want your new manager to be wholeheartedly enthused about the project, supporters can rest assured that Howe would surely be totally committed if he puts pen to paper.
Perhaps he viewed the scale of the task as somewhat daunting, with Celtic trailing Rangers by 23 pointers and stalwarts like Scott Brown set to leave the club.
However, it’s also an opportunity for the new manager, most likely Howe, to make an immediate impression if they can reclaim the balance of power in Scottish football in his first season at the helm.
In other news, could this be one of the first signings made under Howe?
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