Brentford do Celtic Saturday favour; Eddie Howe timeline may have changed

By John McGinley

May 22, 2021

Brentford have overcome a deficit to defeat Bournemouth in the English Championship promotion play-offs.

In one of the most entertaining games of the season, goals from Ivan Toney, Vitaly Janelt and Marcus Forss propelled them to a 3-2 comeback aggregate win.

It’s a fixture that has caught the imagination of many Celtic fans.

The latest reporting on the Eddie Howe situation has indicated that Celtic had been waiting on Bournemouth’s fate before finalising the appointment. [The Daily Record]

With backroom staff and potential promotion bonuses all factors, the Cherries’ participation in the play-offs has been cited as a major reason for the major managerial delay.

Marcus Forss’ Brentford winner may have done Celtic a favour / (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Had Jonathan Woodgate’s side progressed they would have gone into a Wembley play-off final next week, potentially lengthening the Celtic timeline.

With Bournemouth now confirmed to be staying in the second-tier, it apparently paves the way for an Eddie Howe announcement at some point next week.

That remains to be seen of course. The news coming from Celtic has been pretty barren over the last couple of months with most updates on the Howe saga coming from England.

However, it would appear none of the reported reasons for all the dithering will now be a factor.

Will more barriers pop up over the next few days? Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised.

For now, we can have a little bit more hope that the new era at Celtic is imminent.

In other news, Pat Nevin claims he had a chance to help run Celtic.