Former Celtic assistant manager John Collins is adamant the club will be speaking to people other than Eddie Howe about the vacant managerial position at the club.

Collins knows how the club works. He was part of the inner circle just a few years ago during the Ronny Deila reign.

Howe has been the name most consistently linked with a move to the Bhoys.

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The former Bournemouth boss was even reported to have agreed on a deal in principle to become our new manager. [Scottish Sun]

Since then information has been sparse on the whole situation.

Collins thinks Howe remains an excellent candidate but doubts that Celtic are going down the rabbit hole with just one person.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound tonight, he said: “Nothing’s coming out of the boardroom. That’s quality. Those of us in the media, you get whispers, but nothing’s coming out. That’s the sign of a well-organised club.

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“Who knows? They may be speaking to another two coaches. I think they will be. I think they will be speaking to other managers, no doubt about it.”

I’ve been as much of a cheerleader for Howe as anyone. I do like him. However, even I think it’s not a good idea to leave ourselves open to a gazumping the damages our chances of preparing for next season.

Celtic need to have a number of candidates ready to go in the event Howe heads elsewhere or changes his mind about the Bhoys.

Even though there’s no indication that he’s planning to do that, our next few months are simply too important to take any other stance.

I think Collins is right. I certainly hope he is.

In other news, Collins has also been speaking about sporting director candidate Fergal Harkin.

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