A team filled with a high number of loaners and players entering the final year of their contracts with intentions of moving to England is not an ideal squad for the new manager to inherit. There is, however, benefit to him walking into a morale-depleted Lennoxtown than starting after 15 May, when players leave for their summer conversations with their agents.
Even if the new manager is resigned to losing those entering the final year of their contracts, with Champions League qualification starting on 21 July, he will likely have to work with them for some important games.
By now, Celtic will have a very clear idea of whom they want to appoint. They also know the cost to delaying much longer. It would take an exceptional candidate to induce me to wait beyond the end of the season. Players should ideally leave for the summer with an idea of what will be expected of them between now and the transfer window closing. This, more than supporter sentiment or season ticket renewals is reason to make the decision now.