Celtic: McAvennie - Is Lennon's fate sealed amid pursuit of PL star?

By Frank McAvennie

21st Feb, 2021 | 4:30pm

Celtic must have new manager lined up amid Brady pursuit - McAvennie

Celtic would not be making transfer inroads without first consulting a potential new manager.

That is according to ex-Parkhead star Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after The Sun revealed that Celtic had renewed their interest in Burnley winger Robbie Brady.

The Republic of Ireland international was a Hoops target last summer and will become a free agent in June.

But Celtic are widely expected to undergo a complete overhaul at the end of the season, with changes anticipated at boardroom and managerial level.

And McAvennie says he doubts such a transfer would be sanctioned without the approval of a possible new manager.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “They’ll need to bring someone in. But I don’t know if they’ll bring any new players in without speaking to the new manager. If they’re working on signings, they must have a new manager lined up.

“This young boy they’ve signed [Jonjoe Kenny], I don’t know if somebody else was pulling the strings for that one.

“It’s a strange situation because nobody knows what’s happening. Nobody knows if Lenny is going to be there next season. The fans are not happy and you’ve got to sell season tickets.

“I’ve not got a problem with Lenny, I just think his day’s up. He’s had two shots at the manager’s job at Celtic, which is better than most, and I’m delighted that he got that.”

Brady has not done much to put himself in the shop window with his performances in recent weeks — the 29-year-old came on after 40 minutes of Burnley’s 1-1 draw with Fulham on Wednesday before being taken off again 20 minutes into the second half.

He did not feature in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with West Brom after suffering an achilles injury in midweek.

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