Lou Macari was the permanent managerial appointment Celtic made mid-season. Since then we have appointed 11 managers. Three in July, six in June and two in May. The only appointment made as early in the year as today’s date (24 May) was that of Brendan Rodgers, on 20 May 2016.
Neil Lennon’s second permanent spell started on 25 May 2019 but apart from those two we had to wait until June or July. Celtic vacillated around the Roy Keane plughole in the spring of 2014 before appointing Ronny Deila on 6 June. It took until 16 June 2009 before Tony Mowbray started his 9 months of misadventure.
Martin O’Neill (2000) and his successor, Gordon Strachan (2005), both took up their positions on 1 June in what was choreographed with contractual arrangements, and for some reason it took until 8 June 1999 to secure John Barnes’ services.
Those fretting most right now were probably not around in the 90s. Tommy Burns appointment happened on 11 July 1994. Wim Jansen short and successful stay started on 3 July 1997, whereas Fergus McCann took until the Fair Fortnight, 17 July 1998, to be precise, to secure Jo Venglos. Can you imagine waiting until July? 17 JULY? Let’s not.