Alan Hutton has questioned the “ability” of the Celtic board as they prepare to turn to Martin O’Neill for guidance in their managerial hunt.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he would want to turn to experienced figures for help but suggested the likes of Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond should be able to make their own call.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Celtic board are keen to consult the 69-year-old over the new appointment.

It is understood O’Neill is still highly regarded by the top brass at Parkhead and they want his expertise to help guide their decision making.

Hutton admitted he understood the Hoops’ thinking but suggested they should be able to make a decision themselves.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: In one way, he’s an experienced manager. I don’t think he’d shut any doors to anybody, especially when he has had experience of being in the hot seat and know what it’s all about.

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“On the other you’re thinking, ‘would they not be better making the decision in house’? Have they not got the ability to go and pick who they want? I see both sides.

“If I’m in charge, I would like to hear the opinions of other experienced people. People who’ve been there, seen it and done it.

“I totally understand why they’re going for him because this is a massive decision.”

O’Neill won three league titles, three Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup at Celtic.

He also took the Bhoys to the UEFA Cup final in 2003, where they lost to Jose Mourinho’s Porto.

In other news, Celtic are closing in on a landmark six-figure signing after offer submitted for England-based ace.