It must be pointed out that Eddie Howe hasn’t actually been appointed as the new Celtic manager yet, but everything is currently pointing in that direction.
It’s pretty common to see managers turn to players that they trust when they move to a new club that needs an overhaul, and it’s suggested by The Sun that Bournemouth captain Steve Cook is his first target.
Cook rose through the divisions with Howe so they’ll know each other very well, while the 29 year old is the skipper at Bournemouth so he should come with a good degree of leadership – something that will need to be replaced collectively when Broony moves on.
He’s the kind of signing that won’t wow anyone but we’ve seen this season that having solid defenders is absolutely vital, and there’s a lot to like about Cook’s background.
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He’s played in at least 30 games a season for nine straight campaigns so he’s a reliable presence in the team, he’s physical and commanding in the air while he’s also decent enough on the ball.
On top of that he reads the game well and although he’s not blisteringly quick, he has enough to deal with most attackers and he doesn’t need to do a three point turn when changing direction.
The report does state that he’s out of contract in the summer so a fee won’t be required, but his arrival will probably depend on The Cherries missing out on promotion.
They currently look good for a play-off spot so there’s still a chance that they do go up, but he’s also said to be keen on a reunion with Howe so there’s a good chance of this happening.
In terms of the manager’s situation it’s stated that an agreement is in place between Howe and Celtic, but it’s just a case of sorting out the finer details and then it should be finalised.