Celtic will still find a “special” new manager even if Eddie Howe turns them down, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there would be a queue of suitors lining up to take charge at Parkhead.

As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (7th April), Celtic are considering ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucian Favre as an alternative to Howe.

The Swiss boss is currently out of work after being sacked by Dortmund back in December.

Jurgen Klopp called the 63-year-old “exceptionally good” when he was appointed at the German giants in 2018.

Celtic have set their sights on Favre amid concern Howe may be having second thoughts, especially with rival interest from the Premier League.

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As revealed by Football Insider, the ex-Bournemouth boss has verbally agreed to become the new Celtic boss but nothing has been formally arranged.

McLeish insisted Celtic could afford to bide their time for Howe if they truly believe he is the best fit.

However, he claimed there would be many more top-level candidates like Favre who would jump into the Parkhead dugout.

“I think they can afford to wait if he’s the number-one choice,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Let’s not kid ourselves and say that the next guy might be offended because he wasn’t chosen before. Don’t kid yourself.

“There’ll be a queue from the bottom of Argyle Street right out to Celtic Park. Let me say Duke Street, that’s even closer, east end to the west end. 

“There’ll be enough suitors and there will be a special suitor out there for Celtic.”

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Celtic have been seeking a new manager since Neil Lennon’s departure back in February.

John Kennedy has taken interim charge, with two wins and two draws under his belt so far.

In other news, a Celtic colossus may be heading to Premier League club in cut-price £5million deal.