Alex McLeish has suggested Eddie Howe may have to take a Championship job after snubbing Celtic. 

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he always had doubts about the 43-year-old taking charge at Parkhead.

Celtic issued a statement on Friday confirming talks with Howe had collapsed and that he would not be joining the club.

As revealed by Football InsiderCeltic have offered Yokohama F. Marinos manager Ange Postecoglou the job after behind-the-scenes discussions.

Celtic initially made contact with Howe back in March and he even verbally agreed to take charge before backing out.

McLeish admitted he always felt the former Bournemouth boss would not end up at Parkhead.

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However, he suggested Howe may have to be patient if he wanted to seal a move back to the Premier League.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: I always fear the worst when a manager or somebody’s linked very early in the proceedings. It’s will he, won’t he? You’re waiting for ages

“We did hear some information in the first few weeks. Eddie was the hot favourite, then it went silent and then it came back again. You could kind of feel in your bones it wasn’t going to happen with Eddie Howe.

“Eddie may have to bide his time. There’ll be a time when he’ll be twiddling his thumbs, thinking it’s time to get back in there.

“I’m sure he’ll get a post, even if it’s another challenge in the Championship to get the team to the Premier League. 

“Waiting for a Premier League club, sometimes you don’t have to wait too long when the Premier League starts.”

Crystal Palace, Wolves, Everton and Tottenham are all currently without managers.

As revealed by Football Insider, Howe has already held talks with the Eagles.

In other news, Kieran Maguire blasts “out of touch” Celtic board after latest snub.