Report: The latest on Eddie Howe to Celtic and where things stand

By David Walton

April 28, 2021

Eddie Howe is close to joining Celtic as manager and is currently piecing together his backroom team, according to the Scottish Daily Mail [print edition, 28/04, page 83].

The Howe to Celtic saga had gone quiet for several weeks after his agent had claimed that he wasn’t close to joining any club [Daily Mail].

However, today, the Mail has reported that Howe is on the brink. They believe that talks have already begun to try and get his backroom team sorted for the summer. A potential move for Director of Football Richard Hughes, however, is still up in the air.

It’s been said that Celtic have yet to make an official approach for Hughes. The Mail also believes that there could be a place in the coaching team for former Hoops striker Mark Burchill. Burchill worked with Howe during their days at Bournemouth. Current Cherries coaches Paul Weatherstone and Stephen Purches are also on a list of candidates.

It’s relieving for Celtic supporters who may have believed the deal had struck a hitch.

Eddie Howe to Celtic looks like it may be announced soon

It won’t be long of course before season-ticket renewals are being dished out to the supporters. The club will want to provide them with something to get excited about, and the prospect of Howe becoming manager would certainly do the trick.

It would be a major boost for the club if we could get this over the line soon. Not least of all because we need the summer rebuild to kick-start as soon as possible. With Dominic McKay in the door early, the new manager is now the next part of the jigsaw.

It’s also interesting to see that Hughes clearly isn’t essential to any deal. If Celtic fail to bag him, it doesn’t look as though that’s going to be a killer blow when it comes to Howe’s move.

Eddie Howe during his Burnley days / (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Don’t be surprised if Celtic still give John Kennedy the final three games of the season before making an announcement. They won’t want the team to be too distracted, and it would be unfair for Kennedy to have to deal with side show. Celtic have often allowed interim bosses to see out the campaign before making announcements on the future – this looks like exactly that once again.

But when it is finalised it’ll be a relief to the support. Especially given the recent scares we’ve had concerning the deal and whether it would go ahead.

Hopefully, we’re in for an exciting few weeks ahead as the season finally winds down and we can look towards a new era.

In other news, Mark Wilson believes a 30-goal striker is on Celtic’s transfer shortlist.