Date: 12th December 2020 at 11:00am
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Celtic pundit Paul John Dykes has talked about the club’s next potential manager and believes that the Hoops would be looking at unemployed managers instead of managers who already have a job elsewhere.

Dykes was hosting the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was the club’s next potential manager and Dykes feels that Celtic will follow their recent trend of hiring managers who were unattached prior to joining the club.

While the Hoops defeated Lille in their final Europa League group stage game on Thursday, they are out of the competition and find themselves 13 points off the Premiership summit. They are also already out of the League Cup. Meanwhile, Hibernian boss Jack Ross has been linked as a potential replacement for Neil Lennon.

Should Celtic be looking at unemployed managers to replace Lennon?

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However, Dykes believes that Celtic won’t be in the market for managers who are already employed.

He said: “I don’t even think Celtic will be in the market for managers who are employed. So I think people like your Eddie Howe and various others will certainly be on the radar. Because you look at the last two managers we’ve appointed, and they’ve both been unemployed. So I think that’s the market we’ll be looking at.”

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It has been reported that the Hoops have made initial contact with Eddie Howe, as well as Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane – who are all currently unemployed.

When the Hoops hired Lennon for his second stint at the club, he was also out of work, having not long left Hibernian upon his return in February 2019, while when they brought in Brendan Rodgers as manager, the current Leicester City boss was unemployed after being sacked by Liverpool.

Rodgers led the club to two Premiership titles and Lennon has helped them to five league titles. So it is a tried-and-tested method and because of that, it may not be a surprise if Celtic do look at unemployed managers to replace Lennon should he be relieved of his duties.