Noel Whelan has tipped Eddie Howe to snub any rival interest from Crystal Palace to take charge of Celtic.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was surprised the 43-year-old had not taken on another role since leaving Bournemouth in 2020.
As revealed by Football Insider, Howe has verbally agreed to take charge at Parkhead and could be appointed early next week.
However, there is some concern at Parkhead that Crystal Palace could hijack their move after the Premier League side approached Howe about replacing Roy Hodgson.
However, Whelan suggested the fact Howe is still without a job suggests he has been waiting for an opportunity like Celtic.
As such, he is buzzing about the prospect of the former Bournemouth boss taking charge.
“I always felt it was the right decision,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“A manager of that calibre, what he did when he was at Bournemouth and what he brings to the football side of the game, I think that’s a step forward for Celtic. I really do.
“Bringing them in there, he’s going to give them that change that they need. Football-wise, managerial-wise, I think it’s a really good appointment.
“I’m surprised he’s not got a job until now, but it seems to me it’s been worth his wait. It’ll be a really good fit for the two: the manager and the club.
“I’m glad they’ve gone down that route of Eddie Howe. He’s young, he’s exciting, he’s got fresh ideas and that’s exactly what you need after this season.”