Why Celtic tick Eddie Howe's main box; wants a job that will keep him "motivated"

By David Walton

March 27, 2021

If Celtic and Eddie Howe do indeed come to an agreement, nobody can say this is a job that wouldn’t satisfy him.

So often down south you hear pundits and ex-players turning their nose up at the Scottish game. At the first sign of Brendan Rodgers winning success here, his ambition was questioned. Many down south wouldn’t really recognise his achievements until he went down to England and proved himself.

It’s a battle we’ve forever had to fight as Celtic supporters. But if Howe decides that his next move is Celtic Park, and he’s lucky enough to pass the recruitment process, it’s a move that will tick his main box.

Howe hasn’t revealed much about where he sees himself next. Instead, he’s kept things relatively hush-hush. The only glimpse we have gotten of him since his Bournemouth departure was back in November on Sky Sports. He was asked directly about what was next for him, and this was his response:

“Would have to be something that really motivated me”

“I made my decision for the best interests of Bournemouth and myself. I wanted to be at home and be with my family, to see my kids grow up, I wanted to learn and develop my knowledge and abilities as a manager.

“Then, if I decide to get back in, if I am lucky enough to get given an opportunity, I will do that. But for me, I do not want to get back in just for the sake of it, it would have to be something that really motivated me.

“It’s difficult with lockdown, my options of what I imagined I might be able to do are gone in terms of watching other people work, and travelling round the world gaining knowledge and improving myself. It’s a pretty lonely existence in terms of doing that at home, reading, I have always been very interested in any way of bettering myself whether that’s as a person or looking at football.”

Celtic job has become much more exciting ahead of next season; exactly what Howe wants

The potential rewards that come with the Celtic job have never been greater for someone like Howe.

First off, he has the opportunity to topple Steven Gerrard. What that would do for his reputation in his homeland is unthinkable. Considering how unbearably constant Gerrard is bigged up, if Howe managed to win the title back and reaffirm our dominance, it would shoot his reputation to new heights.

Celtic will also effectively be under new control. Yes, Dermot Desmond may be sticking around, but major changes are happening elsewhere. The Peter Lawwell cloud will no longer hang over Parkhead. In will come successful Scottish Rugby CEO Dominic McKay. A new Director of Football is another appointment we’re reportedly looking to make [Daily Mail].

Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

European glory on the table for Howe?

Added to the change, Howe will have the opportunity to manage in Europe for the first time. Celtic will have a tricky route to Champions League qualification this season, granted. But he’ll have a massive opportunity to take the title and work his way towards becoming a CL manager. That’s a chance he wouldn’t have with any of the other clubs he’s been linked with.

Finally, he has a clean slate to do what he wants at Celtic. The club is losing plenty of key players in the summer and a massive rebuild is going to take place. The next manager will almost certainly be heavily funded, he has to be. And Howe could be the man selected to oversee this potentially exciting revolution of the club.

Throwing all of that into the mix, he can’t not be motivated by it all. It’s the most intriguing and exciting challenge on offer to him. For that reason alone, expect Howe to be at Parkhead if he gets offered the job. We do, after all, tick his main box.

In other news, an international manager has made a behind the scenes claim regarding Celtic’s Shane Duffy.