Stuart Kettlewell's Eddie Howe insights make for great Celtic reading

By Euan Davidson

April 2, 2021

Former Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell believes that Celtic fans will be buzzing with talk of Eddie Howe.

In fairness to him, he’s not wrong.

Kettlewell, who spoke up Neil Lennon’s inter-personal skills upon leaving the Staggies, knows all about the Scottish top-flight. A purveyor of stern defences himself, the former Ross County boss believes Howe has the qualities to thrive in the Premiership.

Speaking on BBC Radio Sportsound [18.06], Kettlewell said:

“It seems as if it may be the case. For me, I think the Celtic fans will be really positive, if this is the case. I say that purely on the basis that we all have credentials as managers. We all have a style and a way of thinking. And I think that he, out of a lot of candidates, lines up with what Celtic need.

“By saying that, I mean it needs to be an offensive-thinking coach. Somebody that can pick a hole in a deep block, in a defence. Celtic will face that every single week domestically, we all know that that’s the case.

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“There was a few managers mentioned that I’d seen, that I felt were probably slightly more defensive-minded. From Celtic supporters, they’ll obviously expect a particular brand of football, somebody that wants to tap into the history of the football club.

“So from my point of view, I believe most Celtic fans will sitting there, really, really positive that this will happen over the next few days.”

Celtic supporters, generally speaking, are very excited tonight / (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Stuart Kettlewell is right: Celtic fans are feeling positive about Eddie Howe, generally speaking

This isn’t to say that all the Celtic support are pro-Howe. There are plenty who don’t see Howe as being a “winner”, especially given Bournemouth’s relegation last season.

It feels a little unfair to me, especially given Bournemouth’s rapid and unbelievable ascent to the top-flight in the first case. But if there were no opinions about football, it wouldn’t be worth covering.

Kettlewell is no stranger to a low block himself, of course. The ex-County boss famously frustrated the Bhoys, picking up an unlikely away win to knock us out the Betfred Cup [BBC]. Perhaps unfairly dismissed by Ross County earlier in the season, Kettlewell seems like more than a decent coach who’ll inevitably land another job soon.

As far as we’re concerned, though, it’s more praise for the top target Eddie Howe.

The Howe Helicopter is skyward.

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