Many Celtic players are “desperate” to quit and the club will not be able to attract good replacements.

That is according to ex-Rangers right-back Alan Hutton, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after manager Neil Lennon officially tendered his resignation on Wednesday.

The 49-year-old called time on his second stint as boss at Parkhead following the 1-0 loss to Ross County on Sunday, a result which could allow Rangers to seal the title at Celtic Park on 21 March.

Long-serving chief executive Peter Lawwell announced in January that he would retire at the end of the season.

Recruitment chief Nicky Hammond could also be on his way out after less than two years with the club, as revealed by Football Insider.

Celtic will be unable to attract players of a decent calibre in their current state of upheaval, claims Hutton, and are in desperate need of some stability.

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“Looking at it as a player, if Celtic were looking at me I would want to know what the future holds,” he told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“Everything is very much up in the air, they’re changing the backroom staff at a very high level, the manager’s gone, there are talks of players desperate to get out.

“You want to know what direction they’re going, at the moment they’re just kind of treading water. It’s a very difficult time to try and convince players to come into your squad.

“In previous years, they’re in Europe, they’ve won the league and it’s all happy and people have wanted to be a part of it.

“It’s going to be difficult until they come out and tell everybody exactly what their plans are for the future.”

Right-back Jeremie Frimpong became the season’s first high-profile departure when he joined Bayer Leverkusen for £11.5million in January.

Shane Duffy, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Diego Laxalt and Jonjoe Kenny will all leave the club at the end of the campaign when their loan deals expire.

In other news, Mick McCarthy is on a shortlist of names for the vacant managerial position at Celtic.