John Reid says Celtic will not rush into appointing a new manager
Celtic will not be rushed into appointing Gordon Strachan's successor, according to the club's chairman.
Despite speculation linking Burnley manager Owen Coyle to the vacancy, John Reid said Celtic had yet to make an official approach to any club.
"Clearly, Celtic's priority is to appoint the very best candidate. It is better to get this right rather than be rushed," Reid told his club website.
Tony Mowbray and Slaven Bilic have also been linked with the post.
Reid said the club were considering a number of names, but had not sought permission to talk to prospective candidates.
The Celtic chairman said it was important to identify the best man for the job, adding: "We will aim to do this as soon as we possibly can, but we will also do so in a professional, considered manner and ensure that we appoint the correct individual for the club and its supporters.
"As the board has done in recent years, through the appointment of Martin O'Neill and Gordon Strachan, we aim to appoint a manager who will bring continued success to the club."
Coyle, Mowbray and Bilic have been linked with Celtic
Reid conceded there would be rumour and speculation over the new manager, but stressed that the club would only make an announcement when an appointment was imminent.
Burnley boss Coyle, thought to be Celtic's top target, is now close to agreeing an extension to his contract at Turf Moor, according to the Lancashire club.
The 42-year-old former St Johnstone boss said any talk of moving to Celtic was "hypothetical" and he was planning for next season in England's top flight.
Meanwhile, Celtic's chief executive Peter Lawwell has returned from the Champions League final in Rome to step up the search for Strachan's successor.
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