The former Bournemouth and Burnley boss has been a front-runner for the job throughout the season and took pole position shortly after Neil Lennon left his role in February.
Now, reports suggest Howe is finalising the details of his support staff for his move to the Scottish Premiership – with the 43-year-old reportedly keen to include Scotland international Richard Hughes. Howe is believed to have wanted him as director of football, but as talks develop on that front he is lining up former Celtic striker Mark Burchill as one of his coaching staff.
The Daily Record via the Daily Mail reports the appointment could now be edging closer, several weeks after bookmakers closed all betting markets on the role.
Interim manager John Kennedy has taken the reins since Lennon’s departure with Manchester City coach Enzo Maresca among names linked to the post.