"It's an exciting name"; Scott Bain addresses Eddie Howe Celtic speculation

By John McGinley

April 5, 2021

Scott Bain didn’t give much away when asked about Eddie Howe this weekend but did admit it was an ‘exciting name’ to be linked with the vacant Celtic post.

Speculation is rife that Celtic could announce Howe as the new permanent manager this week, as reported by The Scottish Sun on Friday night.

There have been no updates on the situation since then, but it has been Easter after all.

Fans remain hopeful the deal can be done.

By the sounds of things, the Celtic dressing room is also keen on his arrival. If Bain reckons Howe is ‘exciting’, chances are it’s a feeling replicated amongst his teammates.

Bain reckons any new manager could even ward off an exodus of talent this summer.

Speaking to The Scottish Daily Mail (05/04 print edition, page 79), Bain said: “It’s an exciting name. There will be a lot of managers out there who will want this job. ‘I’m sure there will be a lot of people in the background, working behind the scenes making sure they pick the right candidate for the job.”

Asked if the right man could prevent some players from leaving, the goalkeeper responded: “They might do, you never know. Every player has their own agendas about what they want to achieve in football and where they want to play.

“It’s an individual thing. But you never know, whoever comes in might convince people who thought they wanted to play somewhere else to stay.

“For me, I want to be here as long as possible and any time I get the chance to play I want to do my best for the club.”

“Exciting” Eddie Howe would give everyone in Celtic dressing room a boost

The Celtic players have let themselves down this season. They’ve let us down. There’s no getting away from that.

However, if Celtic are to move on to future success, we must consign this season to the bin and allow everyone who is willing to work on a fresh start have one.

A figure like Howe would undoubtedly give everyone in that dressing room a boost, from Odsonne Edouard to Greg Taylor. There’ll be new ways of working, new ways to impress. The club will no longer be in a rut.

Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is heavily linked with Celtic / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

That’s the hope anyway.

I’m not expecting Edouard to commit to a multi-year contract or Kristoffer Ajer to stay, but Howe’s presence will at least give the players hope of a bright future at Celtic Park.

That’s step one on the road to regaining the Scottish Premiership title.

In other news, Aaron Hickey isn’t ruling out a move to the club he loves in the future.