Alan Hutton has admitted he is baffled Celtic are yet to appoint a new manager with Roy Keane back in the frame. 

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, questioned whether it was the Bhoys or their managerial targets who were causing the delay.

As revealed by Football Insider, Keane is back in the running for the Parkhead job after the Hoops’ pursuit of Eddie Howe went cold.

This site broke the news Keane had held talks with the Celtic board after being interviewed for the role last month.

But the Bhoys decided to pursue Howe instead and even came to a verbal agreement for him to take charge.

However, it is understood the former Bournemouth boss has had second thoughts and would prefer a job back in the Premier League over Celtic.

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He is on a three-man shortlist at Crystal Palace, while Brighton are also among his suitors in England.

With Celtic left in limbo over Howe, a Celtic source has told Football Insider Keane has growing support in the boardroom as a serious alternative.

Hutton insisted the former midfielder would kick the Hoops’ squad into gear after a season of lacklustre displays.

However, he admitted he is flummoxed the Hoops’ hunt is still going on two months after Neil Lennon’s departure.

“He’s a character alright,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“I’ll tell you one thing. There wouldn’t have been any long periods of silence in the dressing room if he was there. He’s obviously got the experience, he’s got the know-how, he’s played at the highest level possible.

“He’ll ruffle the feathers, get people going and get them up for it. That, there is no doubt. It’s a huge job with a lot of pressure and a lot of pressure to start quickly. I know his name keeps getting bandied about, so does Eddie Howe.

“Sometimes I think why are they not going for somebody? I can’t really get my head round it. I don’t understand why we’re not further forward now. Lennon went a few weeks ago and we’re still not really seeing anything.

“I don’t really get it. Whether these guys, are they waiting for a better offer from another team?

“Or are Celtic just trying to bide their time, make sure they make the right decision? The longer it goes on the harder it gets.”

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