Chris Sutton believes that it is only a matter of time before Celtic announce Eddie Howe as their new manager.
The problem for some Celtic fans is that they’ve been hearing and reading that message since the start of April when the former Bournemouth boss was reported to have held face-to-face talks with Dom McKay and Dermot Desmond.
By mid-afternoon the 2020/21 season will officially be over but since the turn of the year it has been one slow moving car crash for the 50,000 Season Ticket holders and thousands of others looking in from the outside on a season that promised so much.
Other clubs seem perfectly capable of changing manager over a couple of weeks, in January Chelsea got rid of Frank Lampard and brought in Thomas Tuchel within 48 hours.
For whatever reasons Celtic are six months on from holding a managerial review without a solution but in the Daily Record Sutton believes that the long wait is as good as over:
The start of the Eddie Howe era at Celtic will have more than a few similarities to the scene which faced Martin O’Neill when he swept into Celtic Park 21 years ago.
A record points gap behind champions Rangers. A serious summer overhaul required. And an expectant support. It appears to be a matter of when rather than if Howe is installed in the east end of Glasgow.
I can only hope – with 23 points separating them and Rangers after a disastrous campaign – he has the same clout as Martin did when he arrived on the back of a 21-point deficit in 2000.