McLeish: 'Intense' fan pressure has forced Celtic hand after manager twist

Celtic have “done the right thing” by lifting the lid on the breakdown of talks with Eddie Howe, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the pressure of fans was “too intense” to not issue an update amid much speculation.

In a statement issued on Friday, Celtic confirmed talks with Howe had fallen through and he would not be joining the club.

The Hoops state they held “positive and detailed discussions” with the former Bournemouth boss over the vacant post at Parkhead.

However, they statted he would not be taking charge due to “reasons outwith both his and Celtic’s control”.

McLeish insisted Celtic had to address the speculation head-on due to the growing pressure from supporters.

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McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: I think they’ve done the right thing. They had to because it was getting too intense for the fans. 

“When it comes to that situation, I think you can kind of smell it. You have to act accordingly. They’ve obviously done that and I think they had to because we’re now on a countdown in terms of returning to the new season.

“I know we’ve got the Euros but one of the hardest things to do is when you’ve only got a few weeks to prepare. To buy new players and recruit new players. I found that very difficult in one of my years at Ibrox.”

Celtic have been without a manager since Neil Lennon resigned in February.

Meanwhile, Howe has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth last summer.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed that Celtic could land “£80million due to “nonsense” Uefa rule.