Celtic are set to recruit two members of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth backroom team to accompany their prospective new manager, according to the Daily Record.
Dominic McKay could also unveil a new director of football this week to launch a ‘major restructuring’ at Parkhead, with three new faces potentially coming in to supplement Howe.
The Daily Record reported that McKay met with the 43-year-old in London two months ago to hold talks over the managerial position, which has been vacant since Celtic parted company with Neil Lennon at the end of February.
An announcement is expected this week, with Bournemouth’s play-off exit clearing the way for Howe to bring members of his trusted team north of the border.
Celtic are poised to undertake a rebuild this summer after their arch-rivals Rangers halted their run of nine consecutive titles. The Gers wound up finishing a full 25 points clear at the summit of the Premiership.
The report names Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone as the two coaches Howe wants to bring with him to Parkhead, with both men now free to focus on their own future following the end of Bournemouth’s campaign.
Whilst resolving the managerial uncertainty ‘has been the club’s priority’, McKay is also ‘closing in’ on a new director of football. An official announcement is unlikely to arrive on Monday, but there is confidence that Howe will be presented before the end of the week.
In many ways, the timing makes sense here. Whilst Howe could have been announced prior to the end of the season, he needed to be sure that he could truly put his stamp on the club, and that meant bringing the coaches that he wanted with him.
Had Bournemouth been promoted back to the Premier League via the play-offs, Purches and Weatherstone may have been tempted to remain at the Vitality Stadium.
It is also crucial for McKay to finalise the Celtic director of football appointment as soon as possible in order to add further clarity to the long-term running of the club. They need to get this revamped unit up and running as quickly as possible.
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