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'Farcical': David Provan pinpoints Celtic failing that could cost them next season

Celtic’s season has been little short of disastrous both on and off the pitch.

On it, their 10-in-a-row dream ended with a whimper, their domestic cup ambitions were ended by Ross County and Rangers, and they turned in a series of woeful performances in the Champions League and Europa League.

Off it, they endured fan protests and the Dubai debacle, and have now gone two months without a manager.

Neil Lennon resigned in February after another defeat against Ross County, and John Kennedy has been in charge on an interim basis ever since.

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Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was expected by many to have been appointed weeks ago, but as yet nobody has been appointed to fill the vacancy.

Davie Provan, who won four titles in his nine years at Celtic, has lamented the delay in finding a replacement for Lennon.

Writing in his Scottish Sun column on Sunday, he has criticised what he considers a lack of succession planning.

He said: “Almost sixty days have now passed since Neil Lennon left Celtic.

“Two months and still no sign of a replacement.

“Even by the standards of this dysfunctional Hoops board, it’s becoming farcical.

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“What is so difficult about finding a proper football coach? They’ve had months to find the right man.

“Lennon’s time was up back on January 2 when Celts lost at Ibrox.

“You could even argue his fate was sealed last November when Sparta Prague took eight off Celtic over two Europa League games and Ross County bumped them out of the League Cup.

“He was only keeping the seat warm after supporters stormed the barricades. So much for succession planning.

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“It’s not difficult to sympathise with new chief executive Dominic McKay, who’s inherited a shambles.

“McKay has inherited a mess. No manager, no sporting director, no head of recruitment and a dressing room with too many loanees and empty shirts.

“The clock is already ticking towards next season, but you wouldn’t know it.”

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