Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald has claimed the club needs to get a move on and appoint Eddie Howe.

With UEFA Champions League qualification just 12 weeks away, Sunday’s horrendous display in a Glasgow Derby put Celtic’s needs in sharp contrast. A considerable list of players will move on this summer. There’s no real on-pitch leadership, and our defence is looking incredibly leaky.

Scott McDonald, speaking on Australia’s The Grandstand Football Podcast, was clear about the scale of the changes needed at Paradise.

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Skippy said [The Grandstand Football Podcast]:

“Everyone was thinking they had the team to get 10IAR. Now they need a whole new team, but firstly they need a new manager.

“It’s now taken six or seven weeks. Eddie Howe is still linked with it, but we’re no closer to knowing, and they really need to get a move on now, because the Champions League qualifiers are only around the corner now at the beginning of July. So they really need to get their foot out.”

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Eddie Howe during his Burnley days / (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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McDonald continued:

“Neil Lennon tried and tried again but his man management skills this time round didn’t have the effect on those players.

 

“Effectively those players are Brendan Rodgers’ players and with that he has a different style of playing. From that, he just didn’t get the reaction. All of a sudden, from that Rangers have flipped it on its head after so much dominance for Celtic.”

Now, this is a point we hadn’t really heard before. It was an odd scenario for players like Scott Brown, James Forrest and Callum McGregor, who had seen both Lennon eras, sandwiching Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers. It might’ve been hard for them to be as motivated by Lenny second time round, after working with a top class manager in Rodgers. While Lennon certainly had his own signings in there, these were – in the main – players who were used to Premier League standards.

However much of a factor that is, is your call to make. However, it’s an interesting area of discussion from Scott McDonald, who’s also right about Celtic getting a move on.

While it’s entirely normal for the board to take their time in appointing the next Celtic manager, it’s now May. Neil Lennon left in late February, and results have not improved.

Perhaps, the problems didn’t start and end with Neil Lennon. But whatever the case, the club really need to get a move on. Whether it’s Eddie Howe or someone else.

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