Celtic CEO: We are now meeting with prospective managers

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has told the Scotsman that they are already meeting managerial candidates to replace outgoing boss Ronny Deila.

Lawwell believes they will have someone in place in the next two weeks for the start of next month after reducing the shortlist to their primary targets:

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“We are now meeting with people after whittling down a list made up of those we’d like to talk to and those who applied and we are looking at a timescale of an appointment before the end of the month.”

The prime candidates for the role are Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane, former manager Neil Lennon, Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Lambert, ex-Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers and former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes.

Lawwell told the Scottish Sun earlier this week that they had a “long, long list” of candidates and it looks as though the recruitment process has picked up pace between the two interviews.

The Celtic CEO has also suggested that they will look for a candidate who will be less risky than Deila, suggesting someone familiar with the club with a proven track record in British football.