Celtic are waiting to see if Bournemouth get promoted to the Premier League before announcing Eddie Howe as their new manager.
That’s according to ex-Hoop Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Celtic’s manager hunt.
TalkSPORT have claimed Howe, 43, has agreed to replace Neil Lennon at Celtic this summer.
In late March, this site revealed Howe had reached a verbal agreement with Celtic following talks before later having second thoughts.
Celtic have tabled what is said by Football Insider sources to be a “wonderful offer” to the 43-year-old former Cherries boss.
Bournemouth are 1-0 up after the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final against Brentford.
McAvennie, who lives in Glasgow and remains closely connected to Celtic, claims Howe wants to bring some of the Cherries backroom staff to Parkhead.
This may prove difficult if the south coast club make it to the English top flight.
“I’ve heard from sources they are waiting to see about the staff at Bournemouth,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“If they go up, Howe might not be able to get who he wants. You hear so much at the moment.
“He might not be able to take the boys away if they are in the Premier League.
“It’s one hell of a job the new manager has on his hands. The lads at Bournemouth might prefer to stay in the Premier League.”
Celtic have been managerless since Lennon resigned at the end of February.
John Kennedy was appointed as caretaker boss and oversaw the rest of the club’s campaign.