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Celtic: McAvennie makes big Howe claim

Celtic: McAvennie makes big Howe claim - Celtic

Former Celtic man Frank McAvennie believes Eddie Howe no longer wants the Parkhead vacancy.

The former Bournemouth boss verbally agreed to become Neil Lennon’s long-term successor, however, the Englishman made a swift U-turn on a proposed Hoops move.

Is Howe the right man for the Celtic job?

Yes, absolutely

Yes, absolutely

No, could've done better

No, could've done better

Howe’s been one of the main targets linked with Celtic, however, he’s also spoken to Crystal Palace and is of interest to fellow Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

It seems as if Howe, who has been out of work since August, is now a man in demand, but ex-Celtic striker McAvennie doesn’t think he’ll be moving north anytime soon.

McAvennie, taking to Football Insider, was asked if he’s given up hope of the 43-year-old moving to Glasgow.

“I have but I’m hoping he’s not given up because he’d be great.

“I know he’s not won trophies but he has a chance to do that and raise his profile up here.

“He did so well at Bournemouth, taking them from the fourth division right through to the Premier League.

“I don’t know what’s going on but in my opinion, he doesn’t want it any more. If he did then he’d be here.

“Which is a shame because I wanted to see a bit of fight from him because it’s all just kind of died out.”

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Transfer Tavern take

It does seem as if the links to Howe have died down following a statement from his representative, who revealed he doesn’t plan to return to the dugout until the summer at the earliest.

In our view, that leaves the Hoops in a tricky situation. Should they put all their eggs in Howe’s basket ahead of the summer only to miss out on his services, it could leave them in a race against time to bring in a new boss for the 2021/22 season.

Howe reportedly had second thoughts on a move to Glasgow, so, to us, that development should spark the Hoops into life in regards to alternative targets.

With a possible rebuild on the cards under new CEO Dominic McKay and a newly created Director of Football role as well, the club cannot afford for the manager saga to drag long into the summer and affect their transfer business.

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