Five days after Bournemouth’s Play Off hopes were ended by Brentford there is still no sign of Eddie Howe being appointed as Celtic manager.
With promotion ruled out there will be no bonus pay-outs to their former manager or backroom staff which appeared to be the last obstacle to ending the three-month long search for a successor to Neil Lennon.
Over the last year Keith Jackson has been close to a number of stories inside Celtic Park, in his only newspaper interview of 2020 Peter Lawwell decided to speak to the Daily Record reporter.
Late on Sunday night Jackson laid out the time frame for Howe’s appointment, telling Record readers.
While well placed sources have told Record Sport an official announcement will not be expected on Monday, it’s believed McKay hopes to have Celtic ’s ducks in a row before the end of this week.
Today, discussing Kris Ajer’s likely transfer, Michael Gannon of the Record claims:
New boss Howe is poised to check in by the end of this week or start of next with Celtic chiefs finalising the minor details of the new look management team.
The former Bournemouth boss will take over a squad with a number of burning issues and several key men heading in to the final year of their contracts and on the wanted lists of clubs all over Europe.
Celtic will step up pre-season training in Wales on July 4 with their first Champions League qualifier on July 19/20 with the return leg a week later.
It is increasingly likely that the new manager will have no more than a month behind his desk to prepare for the Welsh trip with pre-season at Lennoxtown starting in mid-June.