The collapse of negotiations with Eddie Howe last week came as a shock and Celtic are yet to bring in a new manager.

 

The Scottish giants are also yet to appoint a new director of football and a head of recruitment with little over two weeks left before the players assemble for pre-season.

 

 

Ferguson admitted that Celtic fans are rightly worried that the club have not sorted out crucial appointments after such a poor season.

 

He insisted the Celtic will not want to go into the new season with a half-baked squad and still work to do in terms of bringing in a number of new players.

 

 

Ferguson said on the Go Radio Football Show: “There is a slight worry [amongst Celtic fans] on why a manager has not been appointed yet.

 

“Everybody thought it was going to be Eddie Howe. The director of football, still no sign of that. Head of recruitment and so on and so on.

 

 

“Pre-season starts in two-and-a-half weeks and footballer would tell you that’s the most important part in the build-up to the season starting.

 

“You need to get the people in through the door, starting with the manager. You need to get players through the door.

 

“What you don’t want is players starting to come in a week before they go into the qualifying game for the Champions League.

 

“You start the season without a proper squad that you think can compete and they are not going to get much time at Celtic.”

 

Ange Postecoglou is now the favourite to become the new Celtic manager and Ferguson indicated that he could be walking into a mess if he takes up the job.

 

“I do feel for him.

 

“If Celtic come calling you are going to be interested in the job, it’s not the guy’s fault.

 

“They need to sort it quickly as it is worrying times for Celtic fans.”