Eddie Howe’s proposed move to Celtic is on, according to the Daily Record.
The Lowdown: Cherries’ Championship play-off woes
Bournemouth suffered play-off heartbreak on Saturday, which seems to have opened up Howe’s move to Scotland. The Cherries lost 3-2 to Brentford on aggregate in the Championship play-off semi-finals, with former Celtic target Ivan Toney starting the comeback for the Bees from the penalty spot.
Celtic’s hopes of landing Howe could have been dashed if the Cherries sealed an immediate return to the top flight, but their season is now over.
The Latest: Howe closing in on Parkhead move
The Daily Record ran a story shortly after Bournemouth’s defeat in west London, admitting that Howe is now closing in on a Celtic switch as a result.
The report claimed ‘all roads to lead to Parkhead’ – six words which appear to be huge when it comes to the Hoops getting their man, to whom they first spoke seven weeks ago. Richard Hughes is poised to become technical director, with coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone also looking to move north.
Another man mentioned for a coaching role is former Celtic player Pete Grant, with Howe looking to put his mark on the club’s summer rebuild.
Is Howe the right man for the Celtic job?
No, could've done better
The Verdict: It looks as if the Hoops have got their man
Dermot Desmond was the man who met Howe in London at the beginning of April, and although reports briefly suggested that Roy Keane and John Kennedy were also in the frame for the full-time role, it seems as if Howe was always the club’s top target.
It should come as a huge boost to the Hoops if a deal officially goes through, and hopefully Howe will have already begun assessing Celtic’s squad.
Plenty of incomings and outgoings are expected over the coming months, but with Howe successfully leading a Bournemouth rebuild, taking them from League Two to the Premier League in six seasons, he appears to be the right man for the Celtic job.
In other news: Pundit thinks ‘brilliant’ £7.5k-p/w Celtic ace could seal exit before June 11, find out more here.
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