Celtic could still strike a deal to sign a “future star” despite having no manager in place, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted while a new head coach would want to bring in his own targets, the club may still recruit exciting youngsters.

Celtic announced Neil Lennon’s departure on Wednesday morning, while Football Insider understands recruitment chief Nicky Hammond could also leave Parkhead this summer.

The Hoops have come under heavy fire for their signings over the past year, with Vasilis Barkas, Albian Ajeti and Shane Duffy panned by supporters.

McLeish admitted while Celtic would have to wait until a new manager was appointed to get their first-team transfer business in order, they could still sign young starlets.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “A manager wants to come in and make his own stamp and bring his own players.

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“At this moment in time I would think that it will be potential future stars and therefore a manager doesn’t really have to have a say in that kind of thing.

“That’s when you got to trust the infrastructure of the club.

“That’s why nowadays there is a massive infrastructure at the club. Not only in England and the whole of Europe but Scotland has to do it as well.”

Celtic made one new addition, Everton loanee Jonjoe Kenny, during the January transfer window.

They also sold left-back Jeremie Frimpong to Bayer Leverkusen for around £11.5million.

In other news, Mick McCarthy is on a shortlist of names for the vacant managerial position at Celtic.