Celtic statement met with utter despondency

By Euan Davidson

May 28, 2021

So, full disclosure: I thought Eddie Howe was coming to Celtic.

Everyone seemed to think so, from the BBC to your pal’s dug. We were caught up in it too, the Howe Helicopter looked to be landing safely and a seismic summer looked like happening.

Of course, life is suffering. So, it’s off. Celtic are said to be in “advanced discussions” with another choice, but how good is that going to feel for any manager not named E. Howe?

In the statement, Celtic said:

“Following very positive and detailed discussions with Eddie Howe, with the belief that he would be an excellent candidate for the position of Celtic Manager, we allowed time for the process, given he’d previously made it clear he was not looking to return to management until this summer at the earliest.

“We can now confirm that Eddie will not be joining the Club, for reasons outwith both his and Celtic’s control.

“We wish Eddie success for the future.

“As part of the ongoing process we have engaged with a number of candidates. We fully appreciate our fans will be seeking clarity on this matter and we aim, very shortly, to announce the appointment of a Manager with the quality and desire to take Celtic forward and bring further success to our supporters.”

Of course, you can imagine how well received that was. Supporters are absolutely furious, as just days after season tickets went on sale, our number 1 choice for the Celtic job has turned us down.

Celtic supporters / (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Celtic supporters respond to day of drama

Of all the 1,000+ responses to Celtic’s statement, here are some that absolutely sum up the mood. Bearing in mind this is a family website, it was legitimately hard to find any without swear words. Believe us when we tell you that keeping our own language in check on here has been a genuine challenge.

Supporters said:

We’re off to read the Little Book of Calm and scream into the evening sky for a bit.

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