Celtic fear Eddie Howe is worried about the pressure of the Glasgow goldfish bowl as he hesitates on accepting their offer, Football Insider understands.
This site revealed early on Friday (2nd April) that Howe had reached a verbal agreement to become the next Hoops manager following talks.
There is concern among Celtic fans that an announcement has not yet been made given Howe is out of work and there is no need to negotiate with another club.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club have made the 43-year-old Englishman a “wonderful” offer to become their new manager.
But there is a concern he has yet to put pen to paper and may be having second thoughts about the post.
Howe, a natural introvert, could be put off by the pressure of being at a club where the expectation is to win every match.
That is not something he has experienced before at former clubs Bournemouth and Burnley, where the outside noises are at a different level.
Football Insider reported on Saturday that Celtic chiefs are aware of a potential ambush from Crystal Palace, who are starting the process of finding their own new manager.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been targeted by Palace and they have already made contact with him, while Howe has also been approached.
At Celtic, a huge rebuild is needed to overhaul Rangers and supporters are eager that out-of-work Howe would get to work straight away.
He has been given assurances by Dermot Desmond and the board there will be funds to revamp a squad that has been left trailing in the wake of their city rivals this season.