Former Scotland international Alan Hutton believes that Eddie Howe is the “better choice” that Celtic can choose from over Rafael Benitez.
Howe over Benitez?
Neil Lennon recently resigned from his position as the club’s manager in what was his second stint in charge at Parkhead – following a desperately disappointing 2020/21 campaign.
John Kennedy has taken charge of the Hoops for the remainder of the campaign, with the green half of Glasgow 18 points behind their arch-rivals Rangers in the standings.
But Hutton believes that the former Bournemouth boss would be Celtic’s best option, despite the amount of success that Benitez has had over the years.
“What do you do? Do you go for experience? The likes of (Rafa) Benitez and people like that are getting bandied about, I don’t see that happening,” he told Football Insider.
“I think what looks more of a better choice to me is the likes of Eddie Howe. He’s a standout to me because he’s young, used to having to build teams with not huge amounts of money.
“He’s been very successful in his career already. I think you need that kind of hungry manager that loves what he’s doing, loves to build. He fits that bill for me.
“Someone like that could be a good appointment. It’s whether they could entice him up to do a job in Scotland or not.
“It’s a huge decision and it’s one that I’m sure they’re not taking lightly.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
This is quite an eye-opening statement for Hutton to make. We believe Celtic should consider all of the options available to them right now – not just one man in particular.
The fact that Benitez has managed and triumphed at some of the biggest clubs in world football though should not be overlooked. Let’s not forget, the Hoops simply have to regain the Scottish Premiership title at the first time of asking – second place is last place in Glasgow.
Of course, the pressure would be on almost immediately if the results didn’t go their way, but we still think that Benitez would bring a stronger hand than Howe.
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