What Dermot Desmond has reportedly promised Eddie Howe at Celtic is great news for fans

By John McGinley

April 29, 2021

Reporting on the Celtic managerial situation is again moving in the direction of Eddie Howe being appointed and Dermot Desmond is apparently laying out the red carpet.

From reports by Stephen McGowan in The Scottish Daily Mail to Derek McGregor in The Scottish Sun, it sounds like Celtic are edging closer to unveiling the former Bournemouth boss as our new man.

McGregor’s latest overnight was more about John Kennedy than it was Howe, but it still contained a few interesting tidbits to digest about the Englishman’s potential relationship with Celtic.

First of all, it’s said that Howe will be paid a healthy £2m-per-year to take charge of the Hoops, which would make the best-paid player or coaching staff member within the football department at the club.

Arguably, that’s how it should be. Celtic aren’t in a position to penny-pinch on the most important role at the Bhoys. We need to invest in a high calibre of candidate.

More importantly, though, Howe has apparently earned the immediate trust of Dermot Desmond to do what was not done under Neil Lennon.

The Scottish Sun reports that Desmond has promised him full authority over his backroom coaching staff.

When Lennon was given the role in 2019, that was not the case. Celtic decided to promote John Kennedy and Damien Duff instead. Many pundits and fans have commented since that it was odd Lennon didn’t have his own team in place, feeling it isolated the manager.

You’ll remember that when Rodgers arriving in 2016, he did so with his own coaching and tactics unit. It benefitted everyone at the club. That’s what we need again.

More than that too, the paper says that Desmond has also promised “substantial transfer resources” will be available to rebuild the current club. Again, that should please supporters.

Eddie Howe has met with Dermot Desmond / (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Everyone knows the scale of the rebuild at Celtic this summer goes beyond the manager. The squad needs to be freshened up substantially and that will cost money.

If Howe has been promised both of these things, as well as a healthy wage, it’s no surprise he’s said to be keen on the opportunity at Celtic.

He has the chance to take the Bhoys back to the top. With fresh ideas, investment and a proper structure in place, those writing the club off could be in for a surprise over the next couple of seasons.

In other news, Alan Thompson on why Celtic fans should be excited about Howe.