Former Celtic striker John Hartson is backing Eddie Howe and reckons he could oversee a massive summer transfer window.

Celtic have a lot of players either returning to their parent clubs after loans or with one foot out the door on a permanent exit.

Regardless of who the manager is, a lot of work needs to be on the squad.

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For Hartson, Howe is the man, but he’s still worried about the scale of the rebuild.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, he said: “It’s a big job but I like the sound of Eddie Howe. I’m more than happy to back him.

“He has got Premier League experience, plays good, entertaining football and on the front foot. He did very well at Bournemouth even though they went down eventually but Eddie will see this as a massive opportunity.

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“Rangers have won the league by 23 points so Celtic need to respond. There will be a big turnover of players. Players will have to go back on loan, players will want to leave and players out of contract. He will probably need another eight to ten players.


“There’s so much to do at Celtic in terms of bringing the new manager in, whether he wants to bring a director of football in with him or his own staff or do Celtic want the staff they have to stay? It’s a huge challenge to manage in Glasgow – it took Steven Gerrard three years to win the title.”

Sounds… well, expensive. As of yet, there is no guarantee of what our budget even looks like. If season tickets aren’t sold to a high level, the club may well have to tighten belts a bit, at least until major exits are finalised.

That’s where all this poor communication worries me. The club need to inspire fans again, not ostracise them or turn them away.

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Hopefully Eddie Howe has already started his Celtic preparations / (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Hopefully Howe is enough to bring new energy to Celtic. That’s what we need most of all right now. We need hope, direction and a clear plan.

Supporters will buy into that, we know that.

Then we can get on with the business of buying a whole team’s worth of players.

In other news, excited Woodgate comments on Bournemouth performance analysts bode well.

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