As fans receive yet another Eddie Howe blow, it’s looking as though the behind-the-scenes transfer work going on at Celtic will be crucial for a swift start to the rebuild.
Indeed, the latest Howe reports added further misery after our disastrous campaign came to an end. Yesterday, the Daily Record reported that there is likely to be no appointment this week. That’s despite the fact there’s nothing left on Celtic’s agenda this term. Despite the fact reports regarding our pursuit of Howe have been ongoing for months.
This announcement should have been ready for the end of the season. Goodness knows what’s holding things up at this point, granted TalkSPORT’s Alex Crook believes that it’s to do with trying to secure assistants from Bournemouth.
Whatever the reason, it’s highly frustrating that we’re going to have to wait at least a week after our season’s over before the new man’s in the door. Not least because we have a major overhaul required this summer.
Work needs to start as soon as possible, and that’s why what’s going on behind-the-scenes just now on player recruitment is essential. John Kennedy confirmed before the Hibernian game that plans were being put in place for the new manager when he’s appointed. This is to include the scouting of Scotland’s top talents as well as details on who’s available and what should be of interest to Celtic [Scottish Sun].
Behind-the-scenes Celtic work on player recruitment couldn’t be more important
If it’s going to be Howe, there should be a list of different candidates for different positions on his desk. He should be overwhelmed with scouting reports. Same goes with details on the player’s situation and recommendations on who would be best suited to the club.
Whilst Howe will want to put his own scouting structure in place this summer, we don’t have time to wait on it. Some of the rebuild will need to be completed before Howe has everything he wants in place. That’s just the way it is.
The reason? We have players who will be heading out the door this summer the first opportunity they get. We have so many positions that will need covered. Waiting weeks on end for the new scouting structure to be put in place would be time we just don’t have.
Ensuring Howe is aware of what’s available, particularly on his own doorstep, is massive. It could help us kickstart our rebuild quickly if he believes any of the players are worth a punt. The likes of Kevin Nisbet, Josh Doig, and Lewis Ferguson would be worth taking a closer look at.
It’s not as if Howe will come in with his eyes closed. If he’s smart, he’ll have been watching Scottish football closely in recent weeks. He should, by now, know plenty about some of the top players in this country that are available for transfer.
But ensuring all of that information is on his desk for him coming in couldn’t be more crucial. It’s exactly the prep work Celtic need to finalise before we see Howe with the Celtic scarf above his head. It could be exactly what we need to get some quick signings in the door.