Report: Eddie Howe holds talks with Peter Grant over Celtic coaching role

By David Walton

May 25, 2021

Eddie Howe has held talks with Peter Grant regarding a potential return to Celtic this summer, according to the Daily Record.

Grant was once part of a Parkhead coaching team under Tony Mowbray when he was a first-team coach during the 2009/10 season. However, Mowbray’s era at Celtic Park was one of the worst in the club’s history. Grant would leave the club when Mowbray was sacked and that was that.

It would be a bitter end to a man who was and continues to be considered as a Celtic great. It hasn’t been forgotten that Grant spent 15 years at Celtic as a player. That’s what made his association with the Mowbray regime particularly hard to take.

However, the former Hoops midfielder could be in line for a Parkhead renaissance. The Record reports that Howe, who he worked with during his time at Bournemouth, has already spoken to him about a potential role under him next season.

Both Howe and Grant appear to have an extremely positive relationship. In the past, Grant has tipped Howe to be a future England manager [Bournemouth Echo]. Meanwhile, when Howe first started out in management, he labelled the Celtic icon as someone who had a great influence on his career [BBC].

Eddie Howe teaming up with Peter Grant would be a pleasing reunion

There’s just something not right about how Grant’s time at Celtic under Mowbray went. It’s not how he’ll have wanted his coaching legacy at Parkhead to go, and it’s not the way he deserves for it to go either.

With Peter having left Alloa as manager, he’s available to snap up for nothing. If he was returning to Celtic Park as a first-team coach again, it gives him a second chance to make a success of it. He could also be the “Celtic man” Howe could ideally use in his ranks. Perhaps taking the role of John Kennedy, for example.

Having someone who understands Celtic inside out is never a bad thing. It helps the manager realise what ways of working would go down well in his new job and which decisions wouldn’t. However, if Celtic are going to give Howe a figure closely connected to the club, it needs to be of Howe’s own choosing.

Peter Grant (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If we’re rebuilding, allow the manager to be the catalyst of that rebuild. Allow him to consistently pick the team and players he wants around him ahead of a colossal campaign.

If Grant is the man Howe wants to have at his side, he won’t find any complaints from the Celtic supporters. The thought of seeing Peter able to achieve success in a backroom capacity at Parkhead would be incredibly satisfying.

In other news, Steve Clarke has opened up on his 2014 Celtic talks.