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Celtic: Eddie Howe ‘heading to Celtic’

Celtic: Eddie Howe ‘heading to Celtic’ - Celtic

Eddie Howe will become the new permanent manager of Celtic, succeeding Neil Lennon as Hoops boss, according to talkSPORT.

The Lowdown: Howe waiting on staff?

Howe had verbally agreed on a move to Celtic Park back in early April, but it seems as if the 43-year-old will now finally be heading to Glasgow.

Reports in recent weeks appear to show that Howe is looking to bring some members of staff from his previous employers with him to Glasgow.

Scout Mark Burchill, along with coaches Simon Weatherstone and Stephen Purches were names mentioned, however, they are currently preparing for Bournemouth’s playoff ties against Brentford.

Should the Cherries progress to the final at Wembley, that would keep them occupied until the end of the month, however, it seems as if a deal for Howe is already in the bag.

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The Latest: Howe heading to Celtic

talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook, who covers Bournemouth and Southampton, was talking on the White and Jordan show on Wednesday.

He had this to say on Howe taking over at Celtic Park, admitting some of the 43-year-old’s backroom staff will come from the south coast.

“I’ve been told from very reliable sources that Eddie Howe is now heading to Celtic for the start of next season and is even starting to assemble his backroom team.

“Some of that backroom team will come from Bournemouth and one of the reasons for the delay is of course Bournemouth are part of the Championship play-offs, looking to get back into the Premier League, and that could hamper Eddie Howe’s chances of taking one or two of his former coaches with him to Glasgow.

“But Eddie Howe will be the new Celtic manager in time for the start of next season.”

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The Verdict: Brilliant news for Desmond and McKay

In our opinion, this is great news for owner Dermot Desmond and new CEO Dominic McKay.

Desmond was the man who met Howe for talks in London back in April, and it seems as if Howe has been Desmond’s main target over the last six weeks, despite links to Roy Keane resurfacing.

It may also benefit McKay massively. With the Hoops having just one game left this season, plans for the 2021/22 campaign need to be pieced together as soon as possible, with a potentially major rebuild coming in the summer if the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer leave the club.

The longer the manager saga dragged on the more pressure it would heap on McKay, but with Howe looking likely to be the man in charge, all Celtic need now is a director of football in place so a Parkhead rebuild can really kick in.

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