Sources close to Eddie Howe have told The Daily Record not to expect a Celtic appointment at the start of this week.
Fans have been hoping that now the Scottish Premiership season is over the club might make a brilliant announcement over the next couple of days.
However, The Record reports that no London Stock Exchange announcement is imminent tomorrow morning and that Howe allies are adamant he ‘won’t be announced at the start of the week’.
That’s a blow to impatient fans but lends credence to the reports that Howe may be waiting on the play-off fate of Bournemouth to source his backroom coaching staff.
Bournemouth play Brentford over two legs this week to determine who makes into the promotion play-off final at Wembley later this month.
An early exit could hasten the official Howe appointment, with the former Cherries man thought to be keen on bringing in staff from the south coast.
Howe to Celtic latest is frustrating but not a disaster
At this stage, any more delay is unlikely to have much of an impact on Celtic’s preparations. If Howe is indeed the man for the job then he’ll be well down the road with planning for next season.
Only a complete u-turn and the deal blowing up would leave Celtic in the lurch. We have to remain hopeful that this isn’t going to happen.
That really would be a crisis ahead of our biggest rebuild in a generation.
There are just 64 days remaining until our first competitive match of the 2021/22 season.
Frustratingly, the speculation continues.