Kevin Phillips claims the pressure of the Celtic manager’s job is what is holding up the club in their efforts to appoint a new boss.
The former Sunderland hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists that front-runner Eddie Howe will be well aware of the pressure and that is why any appointment is taking a long time.
This site has been told by a Crystal Palace source that Howe has spoken to the club recently and is on a three-man shortlist to take over in the summer.
Phillips claims the ‘pressure factor’ is playing a major role in why a new appointment is taking so long to sort out after it looked like Howe was all but signed up.
“Whoever goes there will be well aware of the challenge they face,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“It’s a high-pressure job and we all know what you have to do if you go to Celtic this summer, you have to win the league next year, it’s as simple as that.
“Howe’s under no illusions and some managers won’t like that pressure, the pressure is a big factor, you have to win football matches if you take over at Celtic.
“If Eddie was to take over it would be a challenge that he hasn’t had to deal with in his football career.
“At Bournemouth, winning football matches isn’t as important as it is at Celtic and it’s no surprise that it’s taking this long to appoint someone, because of that pressure factor.”
Howe has been out of work since he left Bournemouth following their relegation from the Premier League last season.
Celtic picked up their form on Saturday as they cruised to a 6-0 win over Livingston, starting their post-split campaign off with a positive result.