Alex McLeish has suggested Eddie Howe already has his first Celtic hire “in the bag” in his assistant manager.
The Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, recalled the advice Sir Alex Ferguson gave him about taking his own staff when taking charge of a new club.
As revealed by Football Insider, Howe verbally agreed to take charge at Parkhead last week.
However, there is some concern he may be having second thoughts after it was revealed by his representative on Wednesday night he will not take a new managerial post until the summer.
The Daily Mail claim the 43-year-old would be happy to keep current first-team coaches John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan on board if appointed.
Kennedy was named interim boss following Neil Lennon’s resignation in February.
McLeish insisted keeping familiar faces around would help to avoid destabilising the “infrastructure” at Parkhead.
However, he suggested Howe would already have his assistant manager lined up to join him.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “There’s a saying in football Sir Alex Ferguson said to me. Way back in the day when I first went, he said: ‘Can you take your own staff with you?’
“Sometimes when you go to a club and you want to take all your own staff, you can disrupt the infrastructure of the club that you’re going to. People already have been in place and stuff.
“Okay, he’d choose his assistant, of course, he must have him in the bag, whoever it is. When you go to a new club, you normally take your number two.”
Howe’s old assistant manager, Jason Tindall, was named as his permanent replacement at Bournemouth in 2020.
However, Tindall was sacked back in January and has recently been appointed as part of the Sheffield United coaching staff.