Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin reckons Celtic and Eddie Howe will be finalising a deal behind the scenes to fill the vacant managerial post.
Austin was signed by Howe at Burnley in January 2011 and thrived for his former boss, scoring over 20 goals during Howe’s ill-fated spell as manager at Turf Moor.
Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show this week, Austin said of the move to Celtic: “I think they’ve got it sorted. They’re not going to come out and say Eddie Howe is going to be the manager or they’ve got someone else lined up ASAP. It wouldn’t surprise me that the day after the season or two days after they announced the manager. It really wouldn’t.
“Maybe because he wants to get the season over and done with and start afresh so it’s not John Kennedy’s team, it’s not Neil Lennon’s team and it’s not the old guard.
“Celtic would have had their ideas about what they’re going to do in the summer. Eddie will have his plans already in place in what he’s going to do during the summer.
“If he’s to come in and be the head coach for Celtic as soon as the seasons finished, then they start afresh and the real rebuild from day one after the season’s finished. So it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s what’s going on.”
Austin’s comments have a ring of truth to them. An announcement doesn’t have to be made for Celtic to have done the deal for Howe.
When you think back to the Brendan Rodgers appointment timeline, the club were distancing themselves from him just days before his official announcement.
It’s all about timing for the club, who are looking to convince supporters to weigh in with hundreds more in season tickets over the summer.
I’m not sure Celtic can afford to wait until the end of the season to make an announcement on a new manager, but I’m still entirely relaxed about the whole thing.
The news cycle will churn every little update, but supporters just need to stay patient for a little while longer.