Kilmarnock star provides class insight into Celtic-linked Eddie Howe

By David Walton

April 26, 2021

Kilmarnock star Zeno Ibsen Rossi has provided some insight into the work rate of Eddie Howe amidst the long wait for an outcome.

Celtic had reportedly secured a verbal agreement with Howe to take over several weeks ago [Scottish Sun]. However, that was quickly followed by his agent coming out and squashing rumours that his client was close to joining someone [Daily Mail].

Since then, Celtic fans have been waiting eagerly to see how it ends. Despite it only being April, our season is all but over and we’ve been left with no trophies to fight for. Therefore, fans want a bone thrown to them for next season,  which they want to come in the form of a new manager.

Kilmarnock defender Rossi, however, has provided some fine insight into how hard Howe works behind the scenes. The on-loan Bournemouth youngster believes his ex-gaffer would be up for the challenge, and said the following as quoted by the Herald:

“He always loved a challenge”

“I was training quite a lot with the first team. If the young players were training with the first-team he would do work with you after training and he was quite good with that. If there were FA Youth Cup games, he’d always come and watch and be there in the stands.

“I had a season last year where I was training quite regularly with the first team and his detail and his tactical knowledge was a lot. I was in the squad for a game against Arsenal away and I really enjoyed working under him – I think he’s a great manager.

“Obviously you saw what he did at Bournemouth and achieved big things there. I reckon he’d bring in a good playing style. I don’t know the in-and-outs, I can only say what I know about him and I think he’s a great manager. From what I know of him, he always loved a challenge, being an underdog and stuff. I know it’s different being an underdog at Bournemouth and being at Celtic, but I think he’d enjoy the challenge.”

Kilmarnock man’s Eddie Howe analysis is exciting, but saga is dragging on

There is no denying that by now the Howe saga has rumbled on longer than we would’ve liked. Even if all parties are relaxed about the situation, supporters want to see some movement on it and fast.

From what appeared to be almost a guarantee that Howe would become the new boss has now once again turned to hope. Given how our season has gone, it would be just our luck to see things fall flat on its face.

Even so, Celtic can’t be totally unprepared should Howe decide to give us the snub. If an opportunity comes up for the Englishman down south that he would rather take, we have to have contingency plans and alternative targets.

Will Eddie Howe be the new Celtic manager? / (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Even if it’s only April, it would be ideal to get the new manager in as soon as the current campaign is over. Given the size of the summer rebuild needed, there’s no time to lose in getting ourselves sorted.

Any new boss will have to run the rule over the squad and make a host of changes to replace what will depart. If that man is indeed Howe, the club will instantly receive a major morale boost with his official appointment.

But for now, it’s starting to get irritating. Hopefully we get an answer on this sooner rather than later.

In other news, a Celtic loanee has posted on Instagram after ending his four-month injury hell.