Celtic might have a new manager in place behind the scenes if reports about Mario Vuskavic prove to be correct.

That’s according to former Hoops striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the vacant manager’s position at Parkhead.

Last week, Italian journalist Nicolo Schira claimed that Celtic have had a £4.3million bid turned down for Hajduk Split’s Vuskovic.

McAvennie claims Celtic may have a manager telling the club who to bid for from behind the scenes as it would be pointless to sign new players before a permanent boss was in place.

“It might be that there’s a manager behind the scenes who’s telling them who to go for,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I can’t see Celtic going and buying a player without a manager in place. The situation is strange, why would you buy new players if a new manager might come in and say ‘I don’t want him’?

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“There’s a chance that they might not be bothered about what the new guy thinks, or someone is telling them to get him. 

“It would be such a waste of money if a new manager came in and didn’t want him. It wouldn’t be a good start to their Celtic career. 

“I’ve not heard anything but if that report is true, it means Celtic are talking to a new manager.”

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John Kennedy has been in charge of the Celtic first team ever since Neil Lennon resigned at the end of February.

The Hoops are next in action against Rangers at the weekend as they look to register their first win of the season over their Old Firm rivals.

In other news, Celtic have been tipped to embark on a summer spending spree after a £3.5million deal is agreed.