Chris Sutton is relaxed about the delay in confirming an Eddie Howe move to Celtic, believing everything needs to be put correctly in its place first to truly challenge Rangers next season.
There’s been an increase in anxiety for some Celtic supporters after a much-touted Howe announcement didn’t happen through the week.
It’s unclear why there’s a delay, with reports previously suggesting a deal had been agreed ‘in principle’.
His agent has since said it’s premature to say a deal with any club is close.
Sutton understands that’s not what Celtic fans wanted to hear, but has insisted these things take time.
Speaking on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra show last night, he said: “These things are always going to take time. I think from Eddie Howe’s point of view he’s in the strongest position when he first goes into a club so he has to make sure that everything is absolutely right.
“Celtic are in a position where the club needs a massive overhaul, so for Celtic to put Rangers back in their place – which Eddie Howe obviously thinks that they can do when he comes up – he needs everything in place. He needs a war chest, Celtic need a big overhaul of the squad so he has to make sure things are right.
“Eddie Howe has to take his time, he looks to be the number one candidate and everything has to be spot on from his point of view.I don’t think we can argue with that, it isn’t a job where somebody is walking in where the squad is in great shape – far from it.
“So get things right and then next season wham McCoist and his boys.”
Although Sutton is obviously a Celtic supporter, he’s never shy to criticise the club when he thinks it’s warranted. Clearly he doesn’t think Celtic could really be doing any more right now to bring Howe in the door.
As the saga draws on, it’s natural to have doubts. Sutton’s verdict is spot on though, for me.
Celtic will be well aware circumstances can change quickly in football. As Gordon Strachan said last week, I doubt they’re putting all their eggs in one basket.
Or is that just wishful thinking?