"He's so intelligent"; Former Howe player makes exciting Celtic comments

By Euan Davidson

May 25, 2021

Celtic fans might not know the name Baily Cargill.

After all, Cargill’s only excursion north of the border was at Partick Thistle. The former Bournemouth youngster, now at Forest Green Rovers, spent the back end of the 17-18 season in Maryhill. That was actually his second loan spell that season, having featured for Fleetwood Town.

So, what’s a player who was relegated from the Scottish Premiership doing on these pages? Well, as you might expect, a man who got his debut for the Cherries at Old Trafford might have a thing or two to say about Eddie Howe. The very probable next Celtic boss [Scotsman] has earned yet another glowing review, and that can only be a good thing.

Cargill said of his former boss [Herald Sport, page 7, 25/5/21]:

“He’s so intelligent with the way he coaches.

“He’ll make people better players for sure. One of his biggest strengths is developing players, one hundred percent. His attention to detail on the training ground is hugely impressive. He’s so keen to make people better. He’ll stay out after training and work with you.”

Cargill takes on Marcus Rashford / (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Next Celtic manager’s glowing review

Cargill continued:

“He used to like to sign a lot of young lads so he could teach them his ways of working and his way of playing.

“I think that is what he will continue to do, sign young lads who he can influence and who will buy into his style of football. He gave me confidence and gave me my debut in the Premier League, so he’s definitely keen on developing players, and he will give people an opportunity if he feels they deserve it.”

Eddie Howe / (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Why these quotes are particularly important

Plenty of people have nice things to say about Eddie Howe, Alex Ferguson included. So why does this matter, particularly?

Well, it’s exciting for a few reasons. One: Howe will have an almost brand-new squad to mould into his own image. With so many Bhoys leaving this summer, recruitment will be so important, as will bringing Academy players through to the first-team.

Surely, they’re going to love working for a coach like Eddie Howe.

It’s also good news for some fringe players who are technically astute, but need a constant motivator and technique-focussed coach to get the best of them. Think Olivier Ntcham, for example.

The likes of Karamoko Dembele, Adam Montgomery, Luca Connell and Barry Coffey should all be excited by this, too. Under Howe, plenty of Bournemouth youth prospects made their bow, and he isn’t a manager who’s overawed by occasion. Cargill, again, made his professional debut in an away game at Manchester United.

Attention-to-detail, Premier League standards and a tendency to trust in youth. Given Celtic’s struggles with turnover, tactical instability and a generation of potentially excellent young players coming through, these aren’t just good quotes; they’re genuinely exciting.

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