Eddie Howe to Celtic has been discussed a lot this season. In fact, he’s probably the outside name most associated with the vacant position right now.
Supporters have been discussing his potential as a Hoops boss throughout the campaign, even when the club were showing no signs of sacking Neil Lennon.
The former Bournemouth boss is seen by some as a great candidate to come in and improve the players already at the club, also bringing English Premier League standards back to Lennoxtown.
However, there are question marks about whether either he, or Celtic, are interested in a future relationship.
Howe will manage again soon but could be eyeing a Premier League club to take charge of.
Ian Ladyman, the Football Editor at The Daily Mail who boasts over 100,000 followers on Twitter, reckons Celtic are the perfect club for the next stage of his career.
Writing in his paper today, he explained: “The Celtic job is not unique but is at the top end of the scale when it comes to pressure, expectation and stress. Those who have done it will all tell you it is unrelenting, politically demanding and exhausting.
“And this is precisely why Eddie Howe should take it if offered the opportunity.
“Howe, still only 43 after all those years at Bournemouth, is at the stage of his career where his skills need to be examined at the next level.
“A move to Celtic would not be a step up in football but in terms of a test of his mental fortitude, emotional resilience and energy then it most certainly would be.”
Ladyman goes on to write that he should jump at the chance if the Celtic job is offered to him, rejecting any advances from Crystal Palace who are said to be keen on his services.
It’s an interesting viewpoint from across the border and, to me at least, demonstrates the Celtic job can still be a massive pull for high profile managers.
Celtic fans can sometimes be guilty of putting the club down, or indulging in a bit of the old ‘Scottish cringe‘.
We should be bullish about the project available to exciting and ambitious coaches.
Celtic have European football to offer, excellent resources comparative to our competition, bright young players in the squad and a thirsty supporter base.
The club doesn’t have to settle for second best.