By Alex Stevens

Celtic will take their time to appoint a new manager to succeed Ronny Deila, according to a club source quoted by Sky Sports.

Norwegian Deila has decided to step down after his position came under increased scrutiny following Sunday’s Scottish Cup exit to Rangers on penalties.

The Celtic news from earlier on Wednesday is that Deila will leave Parkhead at the end of the season even though he is on the verge of steering the club to a fifth consecutive league title.

David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers, Roy Keane and former Celtic manager Neil Lennon, who was replaced by Deila in 2014, have all been linked with the post in the wake in recent hours.

But Sky Sports presenter Jim White has reported on his personal Twitter account, which was then retweeted by the official Sky Sports account, a quote from a “top Celtic source” that the Scottish giants intend to take their time over the appointment.

It is said that the process of identifying the new manager will not begin seriously until the end of the league campaign, which finishes with a home clash against Motherwell on 15 May.

Lennon has already thrown his hat in the ring and said he would be open to a return to the club.

The 44-year-old northern Irishman, who left Bolton last month, led Celtic to three league titles, two Scottish Cups and the last 16 of the Champions League with a win ratio of 70 per cent.