Whelan 'surprised' by Celtic chiefs after reported Howe update

Noel Whelan insists Celtic need to appoint a new manager as soon as possible or risk being left in the dust by Rangers. 

The former Leeds and Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, can’t understand why a new boss hasn’t been appointed.

John Kennedy took charge of the first team following Neil Lennon’s resignation in February.

Last week, TalkSPORT claimed Howe has agreed to replace Lennon at Celtic this summer.

However, there has still been no announcement from the club and Whelan insists this has to change as soon as possible.

“It needs to be done as quickly as possible,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“It should have been done before now. He needs to see the players he has and who he wants for next season. They need to kick start next season.

“Start deciding who he wants to bring in and who he wants to get rid of. The technical director isn’t in place yet and he needs to build a relationship with him. 

“There is so much that needs to be done at that football club, I’m surprised they haven’t jumped and got it going. 

“It needs to happen ASAP. The Hibs game summed up their season. Flat, inconsistent, not killing off games. 

“That’s not Celtic, no disrespect to Hibs. But Celtic should be going there and winning. You can see the problems.”

Celtic finished the season 25 points behind Rangers as they were held by Hibs on the final day.

The Hoops’ next campaign is set to kick off in just over 60 days when they are set to play in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

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