Eddie Howe could be tempted by the prospect of managing Celtic, his former colleague Mark Burchill has told the Celtic Huddle podcast.
The Bhoys are in dire straits at present, with pressure continuing to grow on Neil Lennon’s tenure in the Parkhead dugout.
The Scottish Sun claims that Lennon has been given the backing by Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond to see out the season at Parkhead.
However, the Northern Irishman’s long-term future at the club remains unclear, and Howe, who is currently unattached after leaving Bournemouth last summer, has been linked with the role.
Former Celtic striker Burchill is the Cherries chief scout and worked closely with the Englishman during his time in charge at the Vitality Stadium.
He believes the opportunity to win trophies in front of 60,000 fans and manage in Europe could lure the highly-regarded coach north of the border.
“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.”
Celtic’s bid for a tenth Scottish Premiership title in a row is doomed, given Rangers are now 21 points ahead of them at the summit, not to mention having won 21 of their 23 league games so far.
The Hoops are also out of Europe and out of the Scottish League Cup, while their winter trip to Dubai wasn’t exactly a good PR move in wake of current events, to put it mildly.
Change is needed at the club and Howe, a young manager who impressed at Bournemouth, is a great shout.
Cherries legend Brett Pitman told the Daily Echo about the 43-year-old: “His hunger to improve players, however old you are, whether you are in the team, out of the team, is incredible.
“I would say that is one of his best traits. He just wants to make people better on and off the pitch – he has a hunger for it.”
Sounds like just what Celtic need.