Date: 2nd May 2021 at 10:01am
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Frank McAvennie has exclusively told This is Futbol that Celtic are “too big” a club to wait around in their search for a new manager.

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe remains the Hoops’ number one target, although the 43-year-old is reportedly stalling over bringing his own backroom staff to Parkhead despite ongoing talks for a number of weeks,

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Howe remains the clear favourite, with reports earlier this week suggesting that a deal to see him replace Neil Lennon is drawing ever closer.

But McAvennie still believes that Howe is waiting around for another potential Premier job following heavy links to both Newcastle and Crystal Palace in recent weeks.

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He told This is Futbol:

“The biggest problem is his backroom staff and depending on if Bournemouth get promoted, but I think Celtic are too big to stand still for someone. If Eddie is waiting on that, and it looks like he is waiting to see what happens with Crystal Palace and Newcastle.”

Despite having his doubts, McAvennie suggested that the Glasgow giants might be looking to appoint Howe once the campaign finishes.

Celtic host Rangers in the final Old Firm derby of the season this weekend, and have just three Scottish Premiership matches remaining.

He added:

“Unless Celtic have been told that the deal is done and they’re not saying that because no manager wants to be part of this season because the season has been awful.”