Frank McAvennie would be “delighted” if Celtic appointed Eddie Howe manager.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 43-year-old is a smart choice because he would bring the right style of football to Parkhead.

Celtic are in the hunt for a new manager after Neil Lennon resigned shortly after a 1-0 loss to Ross County last month.

Football Insider revealed on Wednesday that Celtic have made initial contact with the ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe to assess whether he is interested in the post.

It is understood that at this stage Howe is keeping his options open, with one eye on a potential return to management in the Premier League.

When asked by Football Insider if he would welcome the appointment of Howe at Parkhead, McAvennie said: “I would be delighted if Eddie Howe came in.

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“He plays the right brand of football and that is very important.

“We are renowned for our style of football. When I was at Celtic big Billy McNeill told me it is not just about winning, it is about the way that you win. There has to be a bit of cavalier, a bit of style to it.

“I think Eddie Howe would bring that. The brand of football he brought to Bournemouth was a joy to watch.”

John Kennedy has been placed in interim charge while the club set their sights on a new permanent boss.

He also remains the bookmakers’ favourite to take the job permanently.

In other news, Scott Brown has been tipped for a new behind-the-scenes role at Celtic after Lawwell reveal.