Ex-Celtic star Charlie Mulgrew has talked about Eddie Howe’s potential move to Parkhead.
Howe is looking set for a move to Celtic and while the move is expected to happen, the Englishman’s move is reportedly being held up because of his search for staff from his former club Bournemouth and the Cherries are seeking promotion to the Premier League, which is causing delay.
Mulgrew appeared on the latest episode of the BBC Sportsound podcast and was asked about Howe and his potential move to Celtic. The Scotsman believes that the ex-Bournemouth manager would’ve already talked to Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon to gather as much information as he can about Celtic.
Is there any chance that Howe fails at Celtic?
It has been reported that Howe isn’t interested in a move to Crystal Palace and the Englishman is expected to take Richard Hughes along with coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone to Parkhead.
Mulgrew talked about Howe, saying that Bournemouth and Celtic are two different worlds altogether.
He said: “I mean, he’s got a great pedigree down south. He’s managed Bournemouth, but Bournemouth compared to Celtic is like two different worlds. It’s going to be difficult for him, but he looks like the standout and somebody that will be probably well-prepared and [will] have looked into the history and everything that went with it.
“I’m sure he spoke to Brendan Rodgers, I’m sure he spoke to Neil Lennon, I’m sure he’s got as much information as he can on it. I’m sure he’ll give it his best go and he’s somebody definitely that excites me and I’ve heard some good things about him.”
TIF Thoughts on Howe…
Howe’s job at Bournemouth involved the Englishman taking the Cherries from the lower divisions to the Premier League, and during their time in League Two, Howe helped the club operate under administration when they were docked 17 points (as per The Athletic).
To take a club from administration to the Premier League is certainly worth praise, but Howe will have the pressures of playing European football at Celtic. There will be the pressure of winning trophies and winning games regularly and clawing momentum back from Rangers.
So it is fair to say that Celtic will be a completely different challenge than what Bournemouth was for Howe, just as Mulgrew suggests.