If you believe the newspapers then Celtic’s hunt to bring a manager to Parkhead could be reaching a conclusion.
A number of coaches have been linked with the Hoops vacancy but it’s Eddie Howe who has been the hot favourite.
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With a deal to bring Howe to Paradise supposedly nearing its end, Celtic will now hope to polish off a deal for a new director of football.
This has been an ongoing saga for the best part of several months now as they bid to replace Nick Hammond.
He left the club this month and thus, there is a glaring hole in their recruitment team.
It’s one that could now be filled by John Kennedy, the club’s interim manager.
That’s according to The Scottish Sun who report that the Scot is in the frame to be appointed the club’s sporting director ahead of Fergal Harkin and Richard Hughes.
The suggestion is that the top brass at Celtic want him to work closely with Howe if he’s appointed.
Big U-turn on the cards
There have been a number of twists and turns in Celtic’s hunt to find a new manager or director of football but this is perhaps the biggest of them all.
The Bhoys initially wanted Manchester City’s Harkin to be inserted into the job. In fact, a deal was reportedly 90% done to bring him to Paradise this summer.
However, that move was put on hold due to the demands of Howe. The 43-year-old wanted his companion at Bournemouth, Hughes, to join him in Glasgow instead.
That appeared to be the major hold up in deal for the former Cherries boss but it’s now thought that Hughes isn’t as key to proceedings as first thought.
With that in mind, Dermot Desmond is clearly pondering other options.
Celtic’s interim manager had been considered for a permanent position as first-team manager but it looks as though the hierarchy have had a change of heart on that front.
Kennedy has hardly set the world alight since being made manager with the Bhoys crashing out of the Scottish Cup and conceding some particularly sloppy goals.
Supporters will have to hope he’s more qualified for matters behind the scenes because his management of the players has left plenty to be desired.