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Celtic: Eddie Howe snubbed Hoops move due to Saints pull

Celtic: Eddie Howe snubbed Hoops move due to Saints pull -Celtic

Eddie Howe rejected the chance to join Celtic as he has his heart set on taking over at Southampton, according to Football Insider.

The Lowdown: Hoops’ long-standing interest in Howe

Celtic were after Howe for a number of weeks following Neil Lennon’s resignation, but talks between the two parties collapsed at the end of May.

Dermot Desmond first met the 43-year-old in London at the beginning of April, and reports even suggested that a move was all but complete prior to the breakdown in discussions.

The Hoops have since moved on to Ange Postecoglou and have reportedly agreed compensation terms with Yokohoma F Marinos for the 55-year-old.

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The Latest: Why Howe turned down Celtic

A source with knowledge of Howe’s situation informed Football Insider on Saturday that the Englishman has set his sights on a move to St Mary’s.

Ralph Hasenhuttl is currently in charge of the Saints, but Howe is willing to bide his time in regards to a return to the dugout, with location believed to be crucial to his next move.

He isn’t thought to be in the frame for the vacant roles at Everton or Tottenham and his strong roots on the south coast appear to be why he snubbed a move to Glasgow.

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The Verdict: Did Howe lead Celtic on?

If this latest report is accurate and Howe is keen on staying in and around the English south coast, it seems as if he led the Hoops on over a Parkhead move. Celtic waited until Bournemouth’s season was over in a bid to bring his desired staff members with him, but it now seems that he was never really sold on moving north.

In hindsight, it could turn out to be a dodged bullet, for if he took over at Celtic and failed to settle, it could have impacted performances on the pitch.

It looks as if Postecoglou is now Celtic’s man and hopefully he’ll be fine with swapping Australia for Scotland for the long-term.

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