Legendary former Celtic and Scotland international Kenny Dalglish has claimed that the Hoops board will not be rushed into the new appointment of the next permanent manager or they could face making the same decision that found them where they are today.
Writing in his column for the Sunday Post, Dalglish believes that this appointment is crucial and the board will have done their homework as they prepare to enter the future for the club.
“There needs to be due diligence done with every appointment. Conversations and homework need to take place to rule people in and rule others out.
“I don’t think the club’s major shareholder, Dermot Desmond, would ever rush any important decision, and rightly so. But there is a huge carrot to dangle in front of any new manager, namely winning next season’s SPFL Premiership.
“Thanks to the excellent European results achieved by Rangers and Celtic in the past few years, our UEFA co-efficient has risen. Because of that, the title winners in season 2021/22 are almost certainly guaranteed direct entry into the Champions League group stages.
“That would be absolutely massive, given that it will be worth in the region of £30-million, making it the richest prize in the history of Scottish football.
“With all of this in mind, I’d imagine the new manager of Celtic will want to get started on the job as quickly as possible. He’ll want to get on the training field, assess the players, assess the staff and get a feel for the football club, and the demands that come with it internally, and externally from the supporters.
“He will want to find out exactly what he needs to bring in to improve the squad. He’ll need to have serious conversations with several players to see if they want to be with him in this new era, or move on.
“Does he already have a captain at the club, or does he need to buy a captain? That will be a huge call.
“So there is plenty of work to be done. But the Celtic hierarchy mustn’t rush the decision.”
As it stands, it looks like Eddie will be the man who steps in to be the next manager of the club.
This appointment would be hugely popular with a lot of the support and probably one of the better candidates that the Celtic board could have targeted.
Going into the summer we will be entering a new era and it is crucial that the Celtic hierarchy get every decision right with so much turnover both on the park and behind the scenes.