Frank McAvennie insists Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be chuckling to himself as he watches Celtic try to appoint a new manager. 

The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Gerrard will try to remain focused on the first Old Firm of next season.

In a statement on Friday, Celtic confirmed their months-long hunt for Eddie Howe was over due to reasons “outside both his and Celtic’s control”.

As revealed by Football InsiderAnge Postecoglou has asked for permission to quit Japanese club Yokohama F. Marinos after receiving a contract offer from Celtic.

Celtic’s season is due to get underway in just under two months and as it stands there is no manager in place.

The club face a summer overhaul as they try to assemble a squad that can challenge Gerrard’s invincible Rangers.

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McAvennie is sure Gerrard will have a small chuckle to himself as he watches Celtic scramble to appoint a new boss as the season draws closer.

“I don’t think he’ll be majorly bothered,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Knowing him as a player, he’ll just be looking forward to the start of the season. you get on with it. 

“The pressure will start a couple of weeks before your first Old Firm game, that’s when it sets in. 

“He’ll have a chuckle about it I imagine. How could he not? But on the whole, I’m sure he won’t care who comes into Celtic. 

“He just wants to beat them, Howe or no Howe.”

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Celtic finished 25 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership last season.

They also failed to win an Old Firm clash in five attempts.

In other news, finance expert Kieran Maguire is amazed at Rangers board after Ibrox update.