Davie Provan names candidate he wants to beat Eddie Howe to the Celtic job

By David Walton

April 4, 2021

Davie Provan has admitted that he wants Roy Keane to take over at Parkhead despite the reports that Eddie Howe is closing in on the Celtic job.

Howe is reportedly set to become Neil Lennon’s successor imminently [Scottish Sun]. This comes after plenty of managerial speculation that involved names such as Jesse Marsch, David Moyes, Michael O’Neill, and Dan Petrescu just to name a few.

Former Bournemouth boss Howe is well known for taking the Cherries up from League Two into the Premier League. This came in two different spells after a short stint at Burnley.

But Provan believes there’s still a question mark over how the new manager would handle the intensity of the job. Speaking in his Scottish Sun column, he named the man he wants to “make a late run” for the job in Keane.

“Eddie Howe is in the box seat to succeed Neil Lennon.

“Can’t argue with the job he did at Bournemouth nor with the way he handles himself. But the Cherries’ quaint Vitality Stadium is Sleepy Hollow compared to the demands of managing Celtic. It would be interesting to see how he’d handle the heat.

“Part of me hopes Roy Keane makes a late run to win the gig. If only to see those dissing Keane from a safe distance having to front up at his first media conference.”

Even if Eddie Howe deal fell through, Roy Keane doesn’t look favourite for the Celtic job

BBC reporter Chris McLaughlin stated on Thursday that it was his understanding that Celtic were looking for a manager with a good track record [BBC]. Therefore, even if Keane wanted the job, he was never likely to get it.

Given Celtic’s remit, an alternative candidate would surely have beaten Keane to the gig. Even if Howe to Celtic fell through for whatever reason, Keane wouldn’t be first choice. Not if Celtic stick to their original remit.

But you also have to wonder why Keane would be anyone’s top choice. Yes, he would perhaps be good for entertainment value in terms of his media duties. That would be about it. There’s nothing to suggest he would do a sound job.

Roy Keane / (Photo by Chris Donnelly/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Howe, meanwhile, ticks all of the boxes. Sure the Celtic job will be his biggest in management. But you can’t just dismiss the winning mentality he had to show to get Bournemouth up several tiers in the English football pyramid. He didn’t get promoted by winning one game and drawing the next three.

There will undoubtedly be a level of intensity that Howe isn’t used to. That comes with the territory, but there’s every reason to suggest he can cope with the demands.

That’s why Celtic fans are so excited about this potential appointment. Hopefully, Provan’s hopes don’t come to fruition.

In other news, a League One side tried to mock Celtic on Twitter yesterday, but it backfired spectacularly.