Eddie Howe 'perfect fit' for Celtic according to Hoops legend who shared UEFA course with Parkhead frontrunner

Alan Thompson has seen Eddie Howe’s coaching knowledge first-hand and has backed the former Bournemouth boss to be a Celtic Park success.

Thompson spent seven years as a Celtic player, winning silverware eight times, and would later assist Neil Lennon for a further two in the dug-out at Parkhead.

And in gaining his coaching badges for that role Thompson witnessed Howe at work, which gives him confidence – if the Englishman takes over at the helm.

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"I know Eddie well, I did my UEFA pro licence with him so I think he'd be a perfect fit for the job,” Thompson said.

“He's young, he's enthusiastic, he's very much cut from the same cloth as Brendan Rodgers with a great philosophy on the game.

“If Eddie was to get the job I think he plays a style of football and recruits the type of players that Celtic fans would really enjoy watching."

A move for Howe was thought to be edging closer this week with reports a backroom team is being finalised for the incoming manager’s appointment.

Celtic would be a perfect fit for Eddie Howe, says Alan Thompson (Picture: SNS)Celtic would be a perfect fit for Eddie Howe, says Alan Thompson (Picture: SNS)
Celtic would be a perfect fit for Eddie Howe, says Alan Thompson (Picture: SNS)

Sources close to the boss have suggested he would wait until the summer before revealing his next move, and former Celtic boss John Barnes believed that was a good idea on his part – but Thomspon is surprised at the timing.

"I thought they might have brought a manager in before now to give him a chance to reassess the situation, reassess the players, to see what he needs to do, because it's a massive rebuild that needs done,” he told Sky Sports News.

"It's a huge summer from the top - from the new chief executive down to the new manager. The sooner they bring someone in, whether it's John Kennedy, Eddie Howe or Rafa Benitez, it's a massive job because next season they need to be competitive. They haven't been competitive this season which isn't good enough. Second in Glasgow is nothing."

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Celtic head to Rangers under John Kennedy’s interim stewardship for the final Old Firm encounter of the season on Sunday.

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