Burchill claims former Premier League boss would be ‘enticed’ by Celtic move

Date published: Tuesday 12th January 2021 5:17

Former Celtic striker Mark Burchill believes that former Premier League boss Eddie Howe would be “enticed” by the prospect of managing the current Scottish champions.

Howe has been without a job since leaving Bournemouth after their relegation and was linked with the Bhoys post amid uncertainty over Neil Lennon ‘s future in the final weeks of 2020.

Lennon has since been given the backing of the Parkhead board, although results have failed to improve significantly.

Celtic are currently 21 points behind Old Firm rivals Rangers and will almost certainly give up their title.

And Burchill is confident Howe would jump at the chance to take over the Scottish Premiership giants.

He told the Celtic Huddle podcast, as cited by the Daily Record: “The thing about being manager of Celtic is, instantly, you are going to be playing in front of 60,000 fans. Not every Premier League club has 60,000 fans and the worldwide support that Celtic have got.

“Having the opportunity to go and win trophies? I think that’s something that your normal Premier League manager can go ten or 12 years without winning any trophies. So I think that could be something that would entice him north of the border.

 

“Also, I think the chance to play European football is something that would be a carrot for anyone down south who would look at it and say, ‘I never got the opportunity to work or play in Europe and win cups and leagues’.

“I think the Celtic job speaks for itself. If anyone gets offered it, you have to think about it seriously.”

Old boy on Celtic radar

Filip Benkovic is on Celtic’s shortlist as they try to add a centre-back in January.

Assistant manager John Kennedy confirmed the club were considering an attempt to bring the Leicester defender back to Parkhead.

Benkovic enjoyed a successful loan spell under both Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon in the 2018-19 season before being reunited with the former at the King Power Stadium.

The 23-year-old has only played once for Leicester and had a loan stint at Bristol City last season. He also made just one appearance on a temporary spell at Cardiff this term.

Rodgers is open to another loan move for the Croatian and Celtic are looking to fill the void caused by a knee injury to Christopher Jullien, which will rule him out for several months.

Kennedy said: “It’s probably a position now, with Christopher Jullien being injured, that we have to look at. We are a bit short in that area now.

“Filip is one who we are very well aware of and have spoken about. We know what he is capable of, and he’s a guy who has been here and knows what it’s about.

“So he is certainly on a shortlist of options to strengthen the centre-back position.”  Read more…

 

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