THE Celtic managerial guessing game took another spin this morning with the news Eddie Howe has been undertaking “due diligence” on the Hoops role.

The former Bournemouth boss has been on the radar along with the likes of Roy Keane, Rafa Benitez and Thierry Henry, among so many others, since Neil Lennon departed Parkhead in February.

Reports from across the border indicate 43-year-old Howe is “seriously interested” in moving to Glasgow, according to the Scottish Sun.

The highly-rated coach is currently the bookies’ odds-on favourite and it is claimed he has conducted background checks on the structure of the football club.

Howe has been out of football since leaving the south coast club in August last year and has been linked with several clubs, most recently Newcastle with Steve Bruce’s future apparently uncertain, as CQN reported. It’s a similar situation with Crystal Palace and veteran gaffer Roy Hodgson.

He steered unfashionable Bournemouth from League One to the Premier League, but couldn’t fight off relegation in 2020 which prompted his decision to walk away.

Peter Lawwell is poised to retire from his role as chief executive – a post he has held since 2003 – in June with Dominic McKay due to take over once he is free of commitments with the Scotland rugby set-up.

Changes are imminent and there was another backroom change with Nick Hammond leaving as recruitment chief, as CQN reported.


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