Report: Richard Hughes likely to join Eddie Howe at Celtic

By David Walton

May 19, 2021

Richard Hughes is one of the three Bournemouth staff members likely to join Celtic this summer, according to the Daily Record.

Hughes is said to have been long admired by Eddie Howe for his Parkhead revolution [Scottish Sun]. At the beginning of last month, it had been reported that Howe was looking to bring Hughes with him. The Scottish Sun would even claim that Celtic’s struggles in getting a deal over the line for Hughes was making the Howe deal complicated.

The original idea was that Hughes would be the club’s director of football. The same source would then report in late April that it was unlikely Hughes would be swayed from his role as the Cherries’ technical director.

But things appear to have changed again. The Record have named the three individuals Howe is looking to secure from Bournemouth once their season ends. Hughes, who was Howe’s chief scouts, is one of them. The other two are coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone.

It’s yet another big boost for Celtic as we await the official announcement of the deal.

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Richard Hughes to Celtic should certainly give Howe a boost

It isn’t clear whether the Director of Football role would be Hughes’ main role at Celtic. It could still easily be that he simply joins the club as the chief scout, which would be a totally different role. That remains to be seen.

Preferably, it wouldn’t be the manager who picks his DoF. That seems counter-productive as you’re then pocking a DoF that’s suited to your manager as opposed to the other way around.

Even so, Hughes’ arrival would be yet another complication out of the road. Another step closer to the announcement that we all simply can’t wait to hear.

Eddie Howe is reportedly waiting for his Celtic staff to become available / (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Bournemouth are of course locked into a Championship playoff clash with Brentford at the moment. The Cherries are 1-0 up heading into Saturday’s second-leg. Victory there will see them progress to the final at Wembley on May 29th.

The Record has reported that Celtic will need to wait until then to get their men. Not until Bournemouth’s season is over will they be able to tempt Howe’s targets up the road. That’s frustrating from a Hoops perspective, but as long as some background work is being done, that would certainly help soothe things.

Regardless, this is a promising update for Celtic fans. It’s looking more and more likely that this deal is going to happen by the day.

In other news, a Celtic 2020 target has been reacting to major speculation over his contract.