By Noel Whelan

8th Mar, 2021 | 6:00pm

Whelan makes 'no way' claim in response to Christie amid Celtic manager update

Celtic fans will not accept another campaign like this one and the manager appointment will be integral to avoiding a repeat.

That is the view of former Aberdeen striker and Celtic fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Ryan Christie revealed the mood in the Celtic camp after Rangers were confirmed as Scottish Premiership champions.

Christie told the Daily Record the Hoops are “desperate” to get back on top and they are ready to bounce back next season.

It comes amid the backdrop of the club’s manager search.

Football Insider revealed last week Eddie Howe has been approached but he wants a Premier League return, while club legend Paul Lambert is also likely to secure an interview.

Celtic played out their eighth draw of the season with Dundee United on Sunday meaning Rangers’ 20-point lead at the top of the table is unassailable.

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“Ryan Christie has got a point there but there’s no way they can be as bad as this season, absolutely no way,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“Surely not. This has got to be a one-off, it really has. I don’t think I accept it is a Celtic fan, and Celtic fans certainly don’t accept that it’s going to be better and closer.

“They’ve got to be up there and challenging, setting their stall out from the word go. There’s got to be a huge reaction from the Celtic squad. I’m sure they’ll get that from a new manager who has got fresh ideas and a fresh approach.

“Some of them didn’t have that desire this year to go out and get the 10. A lot of players at the beginning of the season wanted to leave, which is strange in itself.

“The choice of manager is going to be a big decision for the board.”

In other news, Danny Mills has tipped Rangers to dominate Celtic for “three, four years” as they approach a 43-year-old to potentially be their new manager.