Danny Mills has suggested Celtic should appoint a manager with an eye on three or four years in the future as they will not catch Rangers next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Leeds United defender delivered his verdict after the Hoops made contact with Eddie Howe about their vacant managerial position.
This site revealed earlier this week the club have sounded out the 43-year-old about the job and while he is interested he is also eyeing a return to the Premier League.
The Englishman has been out of work since the end of last season when he left Bournemouth following 11 years at the helm.
His time at the club was interrupted by a year as Burnley boss and Mills has pointed to his struggles in the north as a reason why he should not take the Celtic job.
“It’s a reset for Celtic,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“A little bit like Rangers did with Steven Gerrard, they’ll throw the book out and start again. They need to forget about the past and have a plan for three, four years time.
“Yes, you expect them to challenge in the meantime and improve enough to give Rangers a real good go next season.
“For Eddie Howe, Bournemouth and Glasgow are quite a way apart. He struggled leaving Bournemouth when he went to Burnley. He does realise that’s double the distance?
“Bournemouth to Burnley is a five-hour drive, Burnley to Glasgow is a four-hour drive, he’s looking at a nine-hour drive if he can’t jump on a flight.”
Celtic have been managerless since Neil Lennon resigned last month following the club’s 1-0 defeat to Ross County.
He left the club with Rangers on the verge of confirming the Scottish Premiership title and stopping Celtic’s pursuit of 10-in-a-row.