Report: What Howe asked Celtic yesterday; Richard Hughes' role finally explained

By David Walton

May 25, 2021

Eddie Howe has asked Celtic to make a move for the Bournemouth trio he wants in for next season, according to the Daily Record.

The Record claims that the Englishman met with Celtic yesterday to discuss his plans for the job. He’s said to have asked Celtic to make their move for coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone. In addition to that, Howe wants Richard Hughes to join the club from the Cherries too.

Interestingly, however, Hughes doesn’t appear to be coming in as the new Director of Football. Instead, the Record reports that he’ll be taking up the role of Chief Scout when he’s appointed.

The report also states that Bournemouth will need to cut costs after their failed promotion to the English Premier League. This could make a move for the trio a lot easier than it may otherwise have been.

It’s just the latest step as the Howe to Celtic announcement edges ever closer. It was reported on Sunday night that Celtic want the deal completed by the end of the week [Daily Record].

Celtic closing in on appointment as Richard Hughes set to become Chief Scout

So it appears the move to bring Howe to Celtic moved one step closer over the last 24 hours. Granted, it’s still a touch frustrating that we appear to be waiting on his Bournemouth staff before we announce him.

There was nothing stopping the club from officially announcing Howe yesterday for example. His staff can follow him when they’ve officially been bagged. Until then, it would’ve been nice to see Howe announced so that fans’ fears could’ve been eased.

Make no mistake, there’s an element of the support who are getting more fearful. The more Howe to Celtic gets closer and closer, the more panic they endure over everything coming back to bite us on the backside.

Eddie Howe is on his way to Celtic (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Not that there appear to be any hitches. It seems the main reason for the delay was the situation regarding Bournemouth’s season. Had they been promoted, Howe was entitled to a huge payoff whilst on gardening leave. That’s undoubtedly played a monumental role in the long wait.

However, that’s now out the road. The continued wait for his staff to arrive in Scotland is becoming a touch frustrating. There’s no need to wait on this any longer.

Fans’ fears will naturally be drawn to the prospect of Howe failing to bag all three Bournemouth staff members. If so, where would that leave things? A question for another day I suppose, but hopefully we can secure them and get this announcement put out.

In other news, a surprising international call-up for this young Celtic star has finally been explained.