Friday, 30th May, 2014

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell insists the club will not be rushed when it comes to appointing their new manager, even if they are fully aware of "time pressure" with the Champions League qualifiers set to be played later this summer.

The Scottish champions are seeking a new manager following Neil Lennon's decision to part ways with the club last week, the Northern Irishman opting to look for a new challenge in English football.

Celtic have spoken to Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane about the post, but Lawwell is clear that neither the former midfielder nor anyone else has been offered the post.

"No one's been offered the job", he told the BBC.


"We're going through a process. There are maybe five to ten candidates on that list at the moment. We're going to do it properly. We're going to take our time."

Lawwell accepts that the Champions League means a new manager must be appointed in good time to prepare the team for a push to reach the group stage. But he is clear Celtic will not rush their appointment process and end up appointing the wrong man for the job.

"Clearly there is a time pressure on us, but there's no point in getting it done quickly and getting it wrong.

"There is a process. It's very difficult for me or Celtic to say any more.

"You can't put a time on these things. You've got to do your job properly and get it right."

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