In some senses, Celtic failing to appoint a new manager yet could be a blessing in disguise.
As the season unravels and club owners quickly begin to realise they won’t achieve their objectives, it opens the door for the Bhoys to appoint some recently sacked head coaches.
Celtic are looking to take advantage of this by appointing Jose Mourinho as their new manager.
The Sun reported last week that the Portuguese was ready to make a swift return to the game after being sacked by Tottenham.
The Hoops have reportedly been in contact with Mourinho but unfortunately, rumours of a move have been quashed already.
Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show, journalist Mark Guidi made a worrying claim about Celtic’s interest.
He commented: “I would say absolutely next to no chance. He normally wouldn’t get out of his bed for less than 8 million quid unless he’s willing to take a serious pay cut. But with the greatest of respect to Celtic, it’s a non-starter.”
The sorry story of Celtic’s hunt for a new manager has been summed up by a whole host of setbacks in the last two months.
Eddie Howe had been in advanced discussions with the Bhoys but a move for the former Bournemouth boss has fallen flat in the last few weeks.
Celtic have no such issue with Mourinho but unfortunately, a move is very much a fantasy for the time being.
It’s hardly a surprise to hear a swoop for the self-proclaimed special one is a non-starter but it will represent another mighty blow to majority shareholder Dermot Desmond.
A whole eight weeks have passed since Lennon walked out of Paradise and they haven’t even come close to discovering a successor.
Mourinho is undoubtedly the biggest name to be linked with Parkhead and judging by his history alone, it would have been a spectacular appointment.
He is a multiple Champions League winner, a manager who has won eight titles in Europe’s top five leagues. He has won FIFA’s Manager of the Year award and is one of the most iconic figures in the game.
Unfortunately, Celtic have very little chance of securing his services. Desmond will have to look elsewhere.