The threat of a European Super League has rocked football to its very core but for Celtic and those associated with the Bhoys, they currently have more important things to worry about.
The Hoops are not a part of this breakaway but even if they were, they’d still need to find a new manager.
This has become a real merry-go-round for Celtic with no successor for Neil Lennon even looking close to completion at the moment.
Roy Keane has come and gone while the same eventuality may well fall into the arms of Eddie Howe.
The 43-year-old is the favourite to take on the job but the longer things go on, the more unlikely it feels that he’ll be sat in the Parkhead dugout next term.
A number of reasons are playing a factor in this, not least Howe’s agent who seems to think he can still land a job in the Premier League.
And speaking to This is Futbol, Peterborough director of football Barry Fry shared his take on proceedings, insisting that a move within England could be on the cards.
He said: “I think Eddie Howe can take any pressure that’s thrown up to him; there’s no question about that. It’s whether he feels that, you know, it’s a big enough challenge because basically it’s Celtic or Rangers in Scotland, so it’s either one or the other.”
With Fry possessing an extensive list of contacts within English football, we should take his words pretty seriously.
This has been a torrid time for Celtic’s majority shareholder. He’s witnessed protests from the Green Brigade outside Parkhead and he’s even been questioned over his shares within the football club.
For now, however, Dermot Desmond is staying put in Glasgow. Time will tell whether that decision is vindicated but appointing the right manager would do a great deal to getting the fans back on side.
They have been forced to witness a complete collapse this season with any hopes for ten in a row being completely washed away. They’ve not only lost their grasp on the league but they will also finish the campaign without a trophy.
Thus, for Desmond to hear that Howe isn’t convinced that Celtic would be a big enough challenge for him should be devastating and crushing news.
If anything, this should represent one of the most challenging set of circumstances in European football.
The Bhoys have lost their decade-long dominance of Scottish football to their biggest rivals and they’re not only facing uncertainty at board level, but also among the playing staff.
On that evidence, Howe shouldn’t take it because of how challenging things could be.
This has become a very complex case for Desmond and the Celtic hierarchy; they need to find a resolution from somewhere.