Celtic will wait until the last weekend of the season before announcing the appointment of Eddie Howe as manager. 

That is according to ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider amid the latest development in Howe’s Celtic saga.

The 43-year-old reached a verbal agreement with the Hoops at the beginning of April.

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But Howe has been reluctant to formally commit and is a candidate for a number of potential Premier League jobs.

Football Insider understands that Burnley’s Sean Dyche is now Crystal Palace’s top target, which bodes well for Celtic’s hopes of landing Howe.

Phillips claims that interim boss John Kennedy will retain his position until the season’s end, after which Celtic will announce their new hire.

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“I think Kennedy will see the season out,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“They’ll keep it quiet. There’s no rush to make an announcement now. Just get everything sorted with the plans for his arrival, if it is to be Eddie Howe.

“Maybe they can make the announcement on the last weekend of the season. This has been mooted for a long time and it won’t be a surprise when it is announced.

“But it will definitely be the last weekend of the season.”

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Celtic were thrashed 4-1 by Rangers in the last Glasgow derby of the season on Sunday.

That result leaves them 20 points behind their rivals, who were crowned Scottish Premiership champions in March.

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