Celtic

Dominic McKay’s imminent arrival at Celtic will spark some life into the hunt for a new manager.

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively ahead of McKay joining Celtic as chief exec on Monday.

Celtic have been without a permanent manager since Neil Lennon’s resignation in February, with John Kennedy assuming the role of caretaker boss.

Ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe had verbally agreed to join the club but his agent revealed last Friday that he is no longer close to a return to management.

Maguire told Celtic fans to expect the managerial hunt to heat up again in the weeks following McKay’s arrival.

“Things will accelerate when they get the new chief exec in,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“He’ll be wanting to interview and recruit people who he knows he can work with on a partnership level and a leadership level.

“The quicker he arrives, the quicker those decision can be made.

“Clubs already have their plans in place for summer recruitment. So to have left it to 1 July as was originally planned would have made the summer activity more difficult.

“So it makes sense to get him in as soon as possible.”

Celtic

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