Celtic are willing to miss out on late-January signings as the board are likely to axe Neil Lennon, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the decision-makers at Parkhead would be concerned about “more mistakes getting made” in the transfer window if the Northern Irish boss remains in charge.
Lennon’s position as manager is under huge threat as the board conduct a review this month.
It is understood Championship side Bournemouth are hoping to take advantage of the discord at Celtic with a double raid for Preston’s Ben Pearson and Ben Davies – both of whom are wanted by the Bhoys.
Hutton believes the board will be reluctant to commit to new signings if they are not going to keep Lennon in charge and that they need to make a decision soon if there are to be any incoming this month.
Asked if he thought Celtic had shot themselves in the foot in terms of their transfer plans, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, possibly. Obviously, in the back of your mind as a board, if you’re thinking about having a change, are you going to support them in the transfer window?
“It’s very unlikely because these could be more mistakes getting made, if you want, especially when you’re about to make a change, so it’s obviously affected them not making a decision at the moment and carrying on with Neil Lennon.
“Which is fine, if that’s what they decide to do.
“Time’s running out if they want to try and bring people in to help them with the rest of the season so they’re going to have to make their mind up soon and decide which way they want to go.”
Celtic splashed the cash on signing the likes of David Turnbull, Shane Duffy, Diego Laxalt, Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti last summer to mixed success.
In other news, Celtic are set to announce a big-name hire after terms agreed.