Eddie Howe should wait until the summer to take charge of Celtic, according to former Hoops defender Steven Pressley.
Ex-Bournemouth boss Howe has held talks with Celtic and has emerged as the front-runner for the vacant post.
The Hoops are going through a major transition on and off the pitch and are tipped to announce that incoming chief executive Dominic McKay's arrival at the club is being brought forward.
The club are also looking for a director of football following the departure of Nick Hammond, while a number of players are expected to depart in the summer.
John Kennedy has been in caretaker charge for four games and the club still have the Scottish Cup to play for after losing the title to Rangers.
But the fourth-round draw paired them with the Gers at Ibrox on April 17 and any new manager could find himself facing a baptism of fire.
Former Scotland international Pressley said: "When you go into Celtic, make no mistake, you are going to be judged from day one, and how big an impact can you make on this current squad in that short period of time?
"At least if he comes in during the summer, he gets the chance to work with the players he is going to be working with moving forward, he is able to start building the culture, the style of play, all the aspects of his management during a period of relatively unpressured games."