Hugh Keevins has claimed that Celtic have reached out to Eddie Howe about the vacancy in the Celtic Park dugout. Keevins told Clyde Superscoreboard tonight that the Quadruple Treble winners were one of a few clubs interested in hiring the former Bournemouth boss. The Daily Record sportswriter told the panel that he had heard a rumour that Celtic faced competition for the highly-rated English coach.
“I do offer this to you purely as speculation, but I do understand that Eddie Howe has been spoken to by Celtic. He is also being spoken to by other clubs in England.”
The 43-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Celtic Park as well as Newcastle United and Crystal Palace but so far, the Englishman is yet to make a decision on his next job.
Howe’s stock is still high considering the impact he had with Bournemouth. Although Howe has recently made appearances on MNF as well as MOTD. These appearances on TV prove that he is actively touting himself for a return to management, something that we have seen in the past with Brendan Rodgers, Jose Mourinho and David Moyes all taking a trip to the studio between stints in the dugout. Howe is an impressive candidate but the longer the club wait, the more suitors will emerge as their situation changes.
As it stands, Celtic need to mount an astonishing rebuild and Dominic McKay will know that he is walking into an immensely difficult job; however, a manager like Howe in an elite footballing operation with a scouting overhaul and a Director of Football can catapult Celtic back to the league title next season.