Alex McLeish has tipped Dermot Desmond and the Celtic board to wait until the summer before appointing their new manager.

The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Bhoys would bide their time despite having just under two months until the end of the season.

Responding to issues posed by supporters this week, Desmond insisted the Hoops’ manager hunt was in full swing following Neil Lennon’s resignation.

However, the 70-year-old refused to commit to when an appointment could be expected.

He also failed to comment on the type of manager the club are looking for.

John Kennedy has been in interim charge for a month after Lennon stepped down from his post.

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McLeish suggested Celtic fans would have to be patient as the club seek out a new permanent manager.

However, he admitted things could change if a managerial target suddenly became available.

Asked if he thought Desmond’s statement suggested a new appointment was a while off yet, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: Yeah, I think they’ll take their time. It’s not something they need to rush because the season is ending.

“There is still a Scottish Cup to be played for but I don’t see Celtic making an appointment right now.

“I believe they would do it in the summer, unless somebody becomes available who they really like.”

Celtic crashed out of the Europa League and watched Rangers romp towards the title before Lennon’s departure.

The Bhoys have won once and drawn twice since Lennon left, including a 1-1 tie against Glasgow rivals Rangers.

In other news, Alan Hutton has ripped into a senior figure who “unfairly” told Kristoffer Ajer to quit Celtic.