Celtic’s hunt for a new manager has been gathering pace in recent weeks but we are still no closer to seeing a new man in the dugout at Parkhead.
There have been plenty of twists and turns in Celtic’s search for a new boss lately. Jesse Marsch revealed it was an honour to be linked with the vacancy before it was claimed a day later that he definitely wouldn’t be going to Glasgow in the summer.
However, there has now been another twist in the hunt for Chris Wilder.
The 53-year-old left Sheffield United a few weeks ago and has since been linked with the Celtic hot seat.
An unfortunate sticking point has now emerged in their ploy to bring him to Paradise. According to The Scottish Sun, Wilder would lose a large chunk of his Blades pay-off if he returns to football in the immediate future.
That’s because as part of his settlement package, he will continue to be paid by Sheffield United for the next six months.
Those payments, however, would become smaller if he finds a new job.
If Celtic’s majority shareholder Dermot Desmond was seeking a quick resolution, he will probably not find one in Wilder.
This should come as a bitter blow to the Hoops’ chances for the rest of the season. Morale has hardly improved under John Kennedy who has only won one of his three matches since being placed in interim charge.
The Bhoys have a chance of winning the Scottish FA Cup but they will find it hard to succeed if they don’t find a new manager in the immediate future.
Of course, Desmond could look towards appointing a new permanent manager in the summer but by that point, further damage may have been done at Parkhead.
Earlier this week, FFC suggested that Wilder should be at the top of Celtic’s shopping list. He was hailed a “messiah” for the things he did at Bramall Lane, taking the Blades from a League One side to a team who finished in the top half of the Premier League last term.
With Marsch being ruled out of the running and now a stumbling point emerging with Wilder, life isn’t getting any easier for Desmond.
It has been an arduous season for not only the football club but also for him. After all, Desmond has had his role at the top of Celtic’s hierarchy questioned by supporters who are urging him to sell his shares.
Fail to appoint the right manager and those cries will only get louder.