Celtic have been looking for a new manager ever since Neil Lennon resigned back in February, with the club 18 points adrift of rivals Rangers.
Assistant John Kennedy took over as the interim manager, but now that Steven Gerrard’s men have wrapped up the Scottish Premiership, Celtic’s attention is turning to who they want to lead the club forward, as they attempt to wrestle the title back from their city neighbours.
That man may be Eddie Howe, whom the club are said to be interested in and impressed by.
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Celtic have made contact with Eddie Howe for their vacant manager role pic.twitter.com/BuWpj2r5bF
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 1, 2021
Eddie Howe has been out of work since resigning from an 8-year stint at Bournemouth following their relegation last summer, and The Daily Record are reporting that interest between the tactician and Celtic is mutual.
— Daily Record Sport (@Record_Sport) April 1, 2021
It is suggested that Howe has already turned down Sheffield United, who parted ways with Chris Wilder last month. Another interested top-flight club remains unnamed, with a manager still in place at the helm.
The subject of the club’s next manager has taken centre stage at Celtic today. Club captain and most decorated player, Scott Brown, admitted that it was the uncertainty around the situation on the bench which led to his decision to leave the club this summer.
Brown said that he was offered a 12-month extension, but explained:
“It was a hard situation. For me to have that fresh start with someone I know, trust and respect fully, or be sitting at Celtic until the end of the season not sure what to do or who’s coming in, that played on my mind.”
“I’ve got to look at the selfish point of view as well, I can’t just go in there and run a dressing room and be the guy where I still believe I can play football.”
“Aberdeen offered me a two-year deal and I couldn’t turn it down.”
On the upcoming end to his Celtic career, the midfielder continued: “I’m looking forward to playing as many games as possible until the end of the season, hopefully getting to another cup final as well.”
“I’ve had 14 fantastic years at this club and enjoyed every single moment. It’s been a wonderful career. It’s just a pity I can’t share the last remaining games with the fans in the stadium.”
This article was edited by Conor Laird.