Eddie Howe is interested in the Celtic job after being contacted by the club, according to website Football Insider.

The report states that the Hoops made contact with Howe in order to gauge his interest in the Parkhead hotseat. And it looks as though he’s open to the prospect of a move to Glasgow.

But the report does say that he’s also keeping his options open. Football Insider believe that Howe is also keen on a return to the Premier League for his next managerial gig.

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Speculation on his contact with Celtic was also brought up by Clyde 1 pundit Hugh Keevins last night. Speaking on Superscoreboard last night, Keevins said the following:

“I do offer this to you purely as speculation, but I do understand that Eddie Howe has been spoken to by Celtic but is also being spoken to by other clubs in England.”

Eddie Howe competition heating up; would undoubtedly be a fan-favourite for Celtic job

It appears that Celtic really do have some meaty competition from down south if we do go down the Howe route. Remember, the likes of Crystal Palace and Newcastle United have also been linked with him [Sunday Mirror, 21/02, page 72].

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Nobody can pretend to know what’s going through Howe’s mind. But it’s not as if he’s going to waltz into a top-four or even a top-eight club down in England. Even if he managed three promotions with Bournemouth, his next job in the Premier League would likely another bottom half club.

It all depends, therefore, on what it is that Howe wants from his next job.

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Eddie Howe / (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

If he wants the big lights of Sky Sports and a meaty financial package, he’ll stay down south. If he wants the chance to knock Steven Gerrard off his perch, compete in European football, and potentially become a Celtic icon – he’ll come up north.

Howe has kept the cards close to his chest on where his next move could be. But the Celtic job isn’t a role you simply pick and choose when you want it.

If Celtic have contacted the exciting English tactician and he says no, he’ll have spurned a once in a lifetime opportunity. Can the same truly be said for managing a Palace or Newcastle?

In other news, the Celtic interim boss has a chance to do what Neil Lennon couldn’t after yesterday’s announcement.

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