The Eddie Howe to Celtic announcement now may not take place until next week, the Scottish Sun reports.
It had been reported earlier in the week by the same outlet that Celtic hoped to confirm Howe at some stage this week. However, his insistence on having Richard Hughes as his Director of Football threw up a complication. Even so, Celtic were still reportedly hopeful the Howe announcement could be done in the next few days.
But today, an updated timeline has been put forward. The Sun claims that Howe could now be announced next week, whilst he still may not take full charge of the club until June.
That may frustrate Celtic supporters who were hoping for a swift follow-up after the Dominic McKay announcement yesterday. McKay’s start date at Celtic Park has been confirmed for April 19th, but he won’t take over from Peter Lawwell until July.
That could mean, however, that he’s appointed in the week leading up to our Scottish Cup trip to Ibrox. Therefore, it could give the club a massive boost in the run-up to what will be a mouth-watering contest.
Eddie Howe to Celtic appointment just needs to be finalised; will start to frustrate supporters
It won’t be long before supporters are getting a touch frustrated by the Howe saga. We all simply want this to be finalised as soon as possible. The sooner it is, the quicker we know what direction we’re going in as a football club.
Granted, the deal still doesn’t look to be in much danger. Whether it’s the end of this week or some time next week, it won’t make any real difference regarding our long-term future. Not a lot will change in such a short period.
It would be interesting to know whether the Scottish Cup draw has had an effect. You could easily see the temptation in pushing back an appointment announcement with such a big game coming up. It gives the whole club a lift and gets supporters on-side days before a Glasgow derby.
These are things that can make a difference to morale. So it would be interesting to know whether there’s anything strategic about Howe’s appointment date.
Regardless, so long as it gets finalised in the end, that’s the main thing. The signs remain positive, but we’re now at the stage where the Celtic supporters simply want an announcement.