Celtic could have a surprise “up their sleeves” after an update on their manager hunt, according to Alex McLeish. 

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the new appointment may not be someone heavily linked to the vacant post.

In a statement to supporters last week, the Hoops insisted they were “working hard to complete the appointment of the new Celtic manager”.

Eddie Howe is still favourite to take charge despite talks going cold after he verbally agreed to take charge.

McLeish suggested Celtic may “have something up their sleeves” and could still pull off a surprise despite all the talk of who may take over.

“This is the thing about football,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

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“When you hear about people buying a club and when it all comes out in the back pages of the newspapers, you tend to think, that will never happen. When you see a manager’s name, right at the beginning, linked to a club, it never happens.

“So, I guess they might have something up the sleeves that we don’t fully know about.  There has been speculation and all the names, of course. It may not be a surprise when we hear what they reveal but at the same time, it’s gone quiet in terms of who it’s going to be.

“We’ve heard all this about Eddie Howe. Whether they reveal Eddie or not, if it comes out we’ll say that went quiet, Celtic managed to keep that under the radar, eventually. Not in the beginning.”

The Bhoys have been without a permanent manager since Neil Lennon stepped down in late February.

As such, first-team coach John Kennedy is still in interim charge.

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