For weeks now it’s been considered a case of when, not if, Eddie Howe will take the reins at Celtic Park.
The former Bournemouth man appeared to have become the club’s first choice, in a decision that was overwhelmingly backed by Celtic supporters.
The likes of Rafa Benitez, Enzo Maresca, Steve Clare and Roy Keane had all been mentioned in connection with the vacancy, but the Englishman’s appointment was expected to be confirmed at some point this week.
Now, however, there may be a twist.
On Wednesday night, the Daily Mail’s chief football reporter Sami Mokbel tweeted: “Re: Eddie Howe’s move to Celtic. A representative for Howe said: ‘There has been significant interest in Eddie from a number of clubs. However, talks of any deal being close are extremely premature. His plan remains to not return to management until the summer at the earliest.’”
Understandably, that quote hasn’t gone down well with the Celtic fans below.
Looks like Howe is keeping his options open – but deal with us could definitely still happen.
But it's a red flag for me if we are letting Howe dictate who he wants in DoF role, can't let that happen. 🍀 https://t.co/DkkjHDv3LT
— Mark Murney (@mark_murney) April 8, 2021
pain x https://t.co/wxuZJVoYmt
— didyeayee🍀🇻🇦 (@didyeayee1) April 7, 2021
Classic Celtic. Probably penny pinching somewhere. 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/vN6G9eUN3u
— 🍔 Gastro Celtic 🍀 (@Gastro_Celtic) April 7, 2021
Come on down John Kennedy https://t.co/YxY4HIzkbv
— thebhoy72 (@thebhoy72) April 7, 2021
Roy Keane innit https://t.co/bpnHiP9jdD
— Jamie (@JamieCorrigan88) April 7, 2021
I've never seen a bigger "come and get me" plea to the premier league https://t.co/IcceOw168G
— Paddy🍀 (@Paddy7_) April 7, 2021
Embarrassing if true. https://t.co/fx4s7fvS9Z
— Sean H (@Sean_H1888) April 7, 2021
Could see this coming a mile off. https://t.co/tHjZyGdKW2
— Dee Ry’ 🍀 (@deetriciax) April 7, 2021
John Kennedy remains in charge on an interim basis, and will commence his side’s post-split fixtures on Saturday when Celtic play host to Livingston.
Of far greater significance, though, will be the Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Rangers at Ibrox the following weekend.