No Bournemouth bonus for Celtic

By John McGinley

May 17, 2021

There’s no sign that Bournemouth are ready to make an early exit from the English Championship promotion play-offs after a 1-0 win at home to Brentford tonight.

It’s been reported by The Daily Record that the delay in Eddie Howe’s Celtic appointment revolves around him waiting on staff from Bournemouth becoming available.

Obviously the longer their season goes on, the longer both Celtic and Howe could be waiting.

TalkSPORT’s Alex Crook, a journalist close to Bournemouth, also recently claimed that the Cherries getting back into the Premier League could hamper Howe’s chances of taking some of his favoured backroom team to Scotland.

All eyes were on tonight’s match then.

However, the situation isn’t much clearer. In fact, Bournemouth’s situation has been strengthened.

They’ll take a one-goal lead into the second leg at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday lunchtime, hoping to finish off the semi-final job and take their place at Wembley on 29th May.

Arnaut Danjuma’s second-half goal was enough to separate the two teams.

The winner of this tie will face Barnsley or Swansea City, which is about to kick-off.

Obviously the tie can turn around this weekend, it’s delicately poised. But for now the wait for Celtic fans goes on. The Eddie Howe speculation rumbles on.

A heavy defeat for the Cherries tonight would have been ideal. Nothing is easy, is it?

We’re still in limbo!

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