Celtic want to appoint a head coach rather than a new manager as they continue to search for Neil Lennon’s replacement. 

That’s according to former Hoops hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Celtic’s ongoing search for a new boss.

Earlier this month (April 6), this site first revealed that Eddie Howe was having second thoughts on taking over at Parkhead despite reaching a verbal agreement with Celtic.


Two weeks on, Celtic are no closer to appointing Lennon’s replacement while the season begins to draw to a close.

McAvennie, who lives in Glasgow and is well connected at his former club, claims that several recent transfers were made at Celtic without Lennon’s involvement, even though his official title was ‘football manager’.

He insists that appointing a head coach would be the wrong move from Celtic as a manager should be the one who has the final say in most club matters.

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“I’m told Celtic want to make their new man a head coach, rather than a manager,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“How can you turn up on Monday morning and the chairman is there with a new player who you don’t know about? 

“I couldn’t do that. Managers need to be the ones who make the final decisions on things like that. 

“There’s been players come into Celtic, players that have had nothing to do with Lennon, that’s not right.”

Lennon resigned as Hoops boss at the end of February after an embarrassing loss to Ross County.

John Kennedy has been in charge of first-team matters since Lennon’s departure with the club’s most recent result being Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Rangers in the Scottish Cup.

In other news: Three senior men set to leave Celtic this week as exodus intensifies – Parkhead sources.