There will be significant changes at Celtic in the next 12 months and Neil Lennon should be sacked.

That is according to former Hoops striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs following the latest calamity at Parkhead.

Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell has apologised for the club’s mid-season break in Dubai which resulted in several members of the first team being forced into self-isolation on their return to the UK.

It has been a disastrous season for Celtic on the pitch as well with the club sitting 21 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table.

McAvennie believes that Lennon and his staff are a “big problem” at Celtic and he would like to see the Hoops boss relieved of his duties before the summer.

“There needs to be change and I think Lenny and the backroom staff are a big problem – it has got to change,” McAvennie told Football Insider. 

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“There is going to be significant changes over the next year or so. I do not know if they will change the management before the end of the season.

“I would like to see it done before, get a new guy in who can then recruit the players he wants in the summer. Celtic should not do what they always do and that is leave it until the last minute.

“I do not know what the situation is with Lenny but hopefully he can go with his head held high. It is crashing all around him at the moment.” 

All hopes of winning an unprecedented 10 titles in a row look all but over following the recent Old Firm loss at Ibrox.

The Bhoys have also flopped on the European stage, having failed to qualify for the Champions League and being knocked out of the Europa League in the group stages.

In other news, Celtic are set to announce a big-name hire after terms agreed.