By Alan Hutton

19th May, 2021 | 7:00am

Celtic in 'disarray' as McAvennie's sources reveal reason for Howe delay - pundit

Alan Hutton has urged Eddie Howe to take charge of Celtic immediately regardless of who his coaching staff are going to be.

The former Scotland defender, speaking to Football Insider, insisted the Bhoys were in “disarray” without a permanent manager in charge.

Ex-Celtic striker Frank McAvennie, who is still well connected at Parkhead, told Football Insider his sources have revealed Howe wants to bring coaches from Bournemouth as part of his backroom staff.

However, the Cherries are still pushing for promotion from the Championship via the play-offs.

They beat Brentford 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final tie on Monday.

As revealed by this site earlier this year, Howe reached a verbal agreement to take charge of Celtic before having second thoughts.

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TalkSPORT claim Bournemouth’s return to the Premier League could hamper Howe’s hopes of appointing the coaches he wants.

However, Hutton has insisted that should not prevent the 43-year-old from taking charge at Parkhead now.

If I was Celtic, I’d be wanting you in here ASAP to get started,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“Next season is absolutely huge and the longer you wait, I presume the more difficult it’s going to be. I totally understand, from a coach’s point of view, wanting your staff that you trust and believe in to be by your side. I totally get that.

“But you need to go in and start the job. Hopefully, they’ll become available and you can bring them in. If not, then he’s going to have to look elsewhere and get other people that he trusts.

“The loan players are away, Scott Brown’s leaving, it’s in disarray at Celtic at the moment. Nobody really knows what’s happening. I would be wanting him in as soon as possible.

“Get him in, get the signings in that he wants, evaluate the squad and then move forward. So they need to get this done now, it’s just moving far too slowly.”

Celtic have been without a permanent manager since Neil Lennon resigned in February.

The Hoops finished 25 points behind Rangers in the Premiership title race.

In other news, Celtic have been tipped to sign a defensive powerhouse after confirmed news.