Eddie Howe wants to ‘press the button’ on three transfer deals ‘at the earliest possible opportunity’ once he takes over at Celtic.
That’s according to Andrew Smith, a journalist at The Scotsman.
The report said that ‘it is hardly revelatory’ that Howe is expected to be appointed in the coming days. He is set to become the long-term successor to Neil Lennon, who resigned at the end of February.
The combination of a new managerial appointment, the need to strike back from this desperately poor campaign and the potential departures of players like Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer, as well as the exit of long-serving captain Scott Brown, means that a ‘comprehensive squad overhaul’ may be in the offing at Parkhead.
Smith reported that Howe wants the ‘jigsaw pieces to fall quickly into place’ when he takes over.
As well as transfers, that includes the appointment of his backroom team and of a sporting director to ‘synergise’ the new operation.
Howe, whom the Daily Record also expect to take up his new role this week, is tipped to greenlight a flurry of moves straight off the bat once he takes the reins at Parkhead.
Howe may already have been identifying targets for a number of weeks. After all, it was first reported back at the start of April that he had held constructive talks with the club.
It wouldn’t be a surprise, then, if it was simply a matter of ‘pressing the button’ when he’s officially in his post.
For Celtic fans, multiple early signings would constitute an encouraging statement of intent and symbolise the beginning of a new era.
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