Report makes claim about Eddie Howe's Celtic coaching staff intentions

By John McGinley

April 2, 2021

The Eddie Howe to Celtic train is on the tracks and thundering down the mountain.

Much of the speculation on the subject is now progressing with the assumption he will end up in the Celtic dugout.

That’s at least what many fans are taking from the situation.

It hasn’t outright been reported he will be the next Bhoys manager, but having held talks with prominent figures at the club, outlets are clearly being briefed on the direction of travel.

An intriguing snippet was included in Stephen McGowan’s report on the matter in the Scottish Daily Mail today.

He writes that Eddie Howe is in fact willing to keep current Celtic coaching staff John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan in place at Lennoxtown.

Kennedy has served under multiple Celtic managers during his coaching career, while Strachan is a fairly recent arrival, replacing Damien Duff as part of Neil Lennon’s staff.

There will undoubtedly be concern amongst some supporters that some of the culprits of our failed season remain at Celtic Park, but if Howe was truly against the prospect of working with the duo, I’m sure it would come up in negotiations.

Current Celtic coaching staff can adapt to Eddie Howe

Kennedy is a well-respected coach. Brendan Rodgers and Kieran Tierney are both on the record in recent weeks talking up his ability on the training ground.

Nobody knows these Celtic players better than him too. If anyone can help Howe transition to Scottish football and the Bhoys, it’s him.

There are also similarities in both men, who had their playing careers cut short by injury and even visited the same specialists when trying to rehabilitate.

Strachan and his touchline laptop have become something of a meme amongst the online Celtic support, but he’s far from the joke figure he is portrayed as.

Could John Kennedy be part of the Eddie Howe coaching staff at Celtic? / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The laptop in place on the touchline gives the coaching staff a tactical view of the pitch from specially installed cameras. It may seem absurd in the context of terrible Scottish Premiership form, but it’s hardly a scandal.

Regardless of who Howe ends up working with, if he takes the job, the most important thing is that he is given the authority to put in place his own processes.

It’s likely existing staff members at Celtic would be able to adapt to that. If not, I’m sure quick decisions would be made.

In other news, Scott Brown’s coaching team at Aberdeen is taking full shape.