"Perfect fit"; Fan debate on Eddie Howe to Celtic just won't go away

By David Walton

January 19, 2021

The Eddie Howe to Celtic rumours just won’t go away, and neither will fan debate on whether he’s good enough.

Howe has been out of work for the entirety of the 2020-21 season. This came after the Englishman suffered relegation with Bournemouth last term.

But that shouldn’t be and won’t be what Howe is remembered for down south. Nope, his meteoric rise from League Two up to the Premiership with the Cherries will be the legacy he’s left. Indeed, he even managed a top-10 finish with Bournemouth during his time there too.

It’s no wonder he’s been tipped over the years to be a future England manager (The Telegraph). However, Gareth Southgate is going nowhere anytime soon with the Euros on the horizon, so Howe finds himself now at a crossroads.

Mark Burchill told the Celtic Huddle podcast last week that Howe would be intrigued by the prospect of working at Parkhead (you can read our story on that here).

Eddie Howe to Celtic is a theory fans can get behind

Howe himself has spoken about his next move in recent times also. Back in November, he stated that his next job has to “really motivate” him. He stressed the importance of spending more time with his family too (Sky Sports).

That could make a move to Parkhead tricky. But it’s looking more and more certain that there’s going to be an opening in the summer if not sooner. Neil Lennon simply can’t survive this season. It’s not an over-exaggeration to say absolutely nothing has gone right.

Celtic feel as though they’re in a place similar to 2016 under Ronny Deila. Even though we won the league under Ronny, there was a stale feeling. A sense that the club was moving backwards and at an accelerated pace.

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

We’re in that very same position once again under Neil. Having a young yet experienced tactician like Howe and with the contacts he’ll arrive with could be another Brendan Rodgers moment. He would certainly get a similar welcome and it would feel like a major step forward.

And as the situation at Celtic continues to get worse and worse, supporters have again called for Howe to be given the reins:

In other news, Celtic appear to have major grievances with this Scottish Government decision.