What needs to be happening behind the scenes at Celtic as managerial wait continues

By David Walton

May 10, 2021

The Celtic managerial wait has certainly got a lot of us on edge, with many fearing where we’ll be in time for the Champions League qualifiers.

Indeed, these next eight weeks or so are going to be a crucial period for the club. It’ll effectively lead us down one of two paths. Either we strengthen in time for the UCL qualifiers in July and get the vast majority of our transfer work done, or we continue to struggle to make a swift appointment and subsequently slow down the rebuild.

We’ve already stated this morning how there’s nothing too worrying just yet about the managerial wait. Celtic you have to imagine will have something lined up for the end of the season.

That man could very well be Eddie Howe too. Remember, only last week, it was claimed that Howe was trying to get his backroom team sorted for the summer [Daily Mail print edition, 28/04, page 83]. If that’s the case, then there’s a strong chance that plenty of work is already going on behind-the-scenes.

The Daily Record of course reported on Saturday night that no Howe to Celtic announcement is imminent. That’s fine so long as there is work going on that the fans can’t see.

Celtic managerial wait is no problem if work is being done in the background

The Celtic fans can accept waiting for the official word if it means that the new boss has already actually started his preparation for next season. It simply must be the case that he’s been taking a look at footage of the players and making his own decisions.

The truth is that the new man won’t have long to decide who should stay and who must go. Therefore, if we’re holding off on announcing Howe until his backroom team is sorted, the man himself needs to be forming opinions based on what he’s seen from the players.

Granted, he can’t exactly make a final decision until he’s worked with them and seen their attributes on the training pitch. But he can be forming an initial verdict on everyone ahead of the summer. What can’t be happening just now is that the new manager is just sitting there and waiting for his assistants to be allowed to join.

In addition to that, Howe should also be doing what he can to come up with some transfer targets in the summer. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where we’ll need to strengthen. Everywhere is the answer, and the new man must have some recruitment ideas ready for discussion the moment he walks in the door.

Hopefully Eddie Howe has already started his Celtic preparations / (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Recruitment process must have already begun

Yes, the full nature and potential of our recruitment won’t actually be realised until a new scouting system is in place. But Howe has hardly been clocked off from football this season. He’ll have seen players that he likes and may want to attract to his next job.

And finally, Celtic need to try and get round the table with the players in the final years of their contracts. It’s essential that long-term speculation over their future doesn’t carry on into pre-season. Coming to an agreement on when’s best to move forward with negotiations for the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer etc should be a topic of conversation.

There is plenty of work that should still be being processed even before the new manager announcement. If Celtic and their next boss have been sitting with their hands in their pockets over the last couple of months, that won’t help fan perception.

In other news, Conor McGregor has discussed previous talks over potentially buying Celtic shares.