Harry Redknapp is the latest to jump on the Eddie Howe to Celtic bandwagon as he labelled the Parkhead gig “far more exciting” than many Premier League alternatives.
Howe looks set to become the next Hoops boss this week [Scottish Sun]. It comes after plenty of speculation over his long-term future in recent months. The Englishman has been linked with the likes of Newcastle United [The Chronicle] and Crystal Palace to name a couple [Football Insider].
It’s no surprise that Celtic’s main reported competition comes from the Premier League. We’ve seen in the past how much disdain Scottish football is treated with by certain pundits down south. But Redknapp appears to have put them all in their place with his own comments.
He’s been talking up the Celtic opportunity Howe could have on his hands. And as he analysed the move, he believes it would be a lot more exciting than many of the Premier League gigs on offer.
“Far more exciting”
As quoted by the Daily Record, Redknapp said: “It would be a great opportunity for him to go up and try to get Celtic back to where they were a year ago. It would also be a great move for Celtic too.
“If he doesn’t go to Celtic there’s no doubt, he will go to a Premier League club. But do you want to go to a middle of the table Premier League club and try to stay up every year or would you rather go to Celtic and try to win the title and have that great rivalry with Rangers and play in the Champions League? It’s far more exciting to go to Celtic, I think.
“Eighteen months ago, people were talking about him being next England manager and there was talk of Arsenal as well so there’s no doubt Celtic will be getting a fantastic manager.”
Harry Redknapp not alone in seeing that Celtic and Eddie Howe look ready-made for each other
There’s just something about this partnership that screams picture-perfect. And it’s not just the fact that Celtic need a manager and Howe is in the market for another job.
Howe represents the change Celtic fans have been demanding in the dugout. He represents a young face looking to change the club from the ground up and bring about a more modern structure to the football club. In addition to that, he plays football Celtic supporters will want to see. His Bournemouth sides were never a route one outfit – instead known for keeping the ball on the deck and using their width to exploit the opposition.
Meanwhile, Celtic can do so much for Howe also. The chance for him to taste European football for the first time in his career will be massive. As will be the chance to play in front of 60,000 supporters almost every week. A big change from the just over 11k he would’ve been used to at Bournemouth.
You then have the fact that Howe has the chance to really add to his medal collection at Parkhead. Yes, he secured the Championship title back in the 2014/15 season. Other than that, however, his collection his bare. His other two promotion successes came as a runner-up.
At Celtic, should he manage to build something special, there’s no limit on what he could achieve. Particularly with regards to trophy success. That must be something that whets the appetite.
And as much as many may not want us to mention it, the rivalry with Steven Gerrard will also undoubtedly excite Howe. A chance to topple an English football icon who has been bigged up so much in recent months? What an opportunity to boost his reputation tenfold. Let’s see what the coming days bring.
As for Redknapp, considering he’s managed six different clubs in the Premier League and coached for over 30 years, you can’t not take what he says seriously.