Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is sceptical about taking up the Celtic manager post, The Mail report.
The paper claim he is under consideration by the Celtic hierarchy, despite only a brief caretaker spell in charge at Manchester United.
Since retiring from playing, he has worked as an assistant manager at Old Trafford, but has come in for criticism for keeping a low profile and barely stepping out of sync with disappointing United boss Louis van Gaal.
While he could yet come under consideration for the United job, the view of many fans is that they are uncomfortable with him taking over without proving himself elsewhere.
The Mail claim that Giggs is indeed keen to forge a managerial career in his own right, but is not convinced that managing in Scotland is right for him.
Should he effectively rule himself out of the running, it will not necessarily be a negative for Celtic, making the board's job easier as one candidate drops out.
Celtic have experimented with a player cutting his teeth in management before, and after the John Barnes disaster, the view should be 'never again', as with Rangers back in the top division, taking a gamble when there are more proven candidates available is simply not worth a risk.