Michael Stewart has called on Celtic to appoint a manager as soon as possible to provide the vision and leadership needed to bring the club into the new season.
Stewart was one of the panellists on Sunday’s edition of Sportscene and had a few criticisms of the club in the wake of our latest 0-0 draw against Hibernian at Easter Road.
He told the programme: “Watching that game yesterday it was quite apparent that it’s the end of the season and Celtic are leaderless at the moment. They need someone to come in to give them a bit of direction to what they’re trying to do.
“Recruitment is a huge part of that, there’s no doubt they need to recruit right across the park. But they need to get somebody in with a real vision of what they’re going to do, because there’s quality still in that squad.
“They need that leader to come in and give them a vision of how they’re going to play because at the moment it just looks like a dispirit group of 11 individuals on the park. There’s some nice combinations now and then but there’s no real identity in what it is they’re doing.”
Can Eddie Howe provide that vision? There’s still no real sign of an imminent appointment so Celtic will have to stumble on with continued uncertainty.
Stewart’s comments are a pretty damning indictment of the John Kennedy interim reign. However, with the right man in the dugout, these players can be unified again.
Recruitment will indeed play a massive role, which is why we need someone in place making big decisions as soon as possible.
The BBC pundit also reckons the protracted situation with the manager is a key reason for Scott Brown’s departure.
Stewart would go on to say: “I can’t help but think that had Celtic been able to get this managerial situation sorted earlier, that Scott Brown could well have been hanging around there for longer. But what Celtic have lost is Aberdeen’s gain – just purely on the playing front, forgetting the assistant manager’s role.
“So there’s a lot to look forward to for Aberdeen and for Scott Brown and a lot for Scott Brown and Celtic to look back on which has been a phenomenal career.”
I regularly agree with Stewart but I’m not so sure about that one. This was a natural ending point for Brown and Celtic.
The player himself has suggested he made the decision on his future at the club last summer, before everything collapsed.
However, could it impact the decision-making of Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor this summer? That feels more likely and is arguably more worrying.