Celtic are continuing their attempts to broker a deal with Tony Mowbray after being given permission to speak to the West Brom manager.
The two clubs agreed a £2million compensation deal yesterday following a stand-off.
Mowbray now looks set to be unveiled at Celtic Park in the early part of this week and all the indications are that he will be a popular appointment.
The former Middlesbrough skipper, who invented the now famous Celtic huddle during his playing spell at Parkhead, impressed with his attractive brand of football during his first managerial job at Hibernian.
And he maintained his popularity among the Baggies faithful despite finishing bottom of the Premier League this season, one year after winning the Championship title.
Mowbray’s former Celtic team-mate, Malky Mackay, believes his football philosophy makes the Englishman the ideal successor to Gordon Strachan.
Mackay, who himself looks set for a new job this week as Watford manager, said: "I was asked a couple of weeks ago who would be my tip.
"I said then I felt Tony Mowbray’s style of football would be embraced by the Celtic supporters."
West Brom fans have reacted with ‘bitter disappointment’ to the prospect of Mowbray leaving after less than three seasons.
Alan Cleverley, secretary of the West Brom Supporters Club, has told Celtic fans they can look forward to an exciting brand of football if Mowbray returns to Parkhead.
He said: "The style of football he played for two-and-a-half years was always exciting.
"It was unbelievable at times how we would outplay some of the top teams, but the club’s finances cost us dear.
"We had two appearances at Wembley, a championship win, an FA Cup semi-final and two seasons with over 100 goals.
"The brand of football this season was such that you always felt we had a chance of winning no matter who we played.
"There’s a strong bond between him and the fans and if he goes to Celtic I personally and the supporters, will be bitterly disappointed.
"I knew as soon as Gordon Strachan left they would come looking for him."