Celtic’s pursuit of Eddie Howe is now over six weeks old but we are finally coming towards a conclusion in this drawn-out saga.
The Hoops saw Neil Lennon resign back in February and since then they’ve been trying to convince the 43-year-old to come to Glasgow.
It was reported towards the end of last week that Howe would become the new manager of the Bhoys by talkSPORT.
However, we’ve heard no official word from Celtic yet that the former Bournemouth man will arrive in Glasgow.
That being said, the hierarchy have now received a massive boost in their bid to lure Howe to Scotland.
The Englishman was one of the favourites to succeed Roy Hodgson as manager of Crystal Palace but he reportedly flopped during the interview process.
Though, in a fresh update from the Daily Record, it’s claimed that he isn’t even interested in becoming the new manager at Selhurst Park.
This is a considerable boost to Celtic’s hopes of ensuring Howe is in the dugout at Paradise next season.
Up until this point, it looked as though the former Cherries boss was leaning towards a Premier League return.
His agent had convinced him he could get another job in England and with Hodgson leaving Palace, it seemed like the ideal opportunity, one he couldn’t really turn down.
You can hardly blame him either. The top-flight of English football is notoriously known as the best division in the world while the sheer amount of money involved in transfers would have been mouth-watering.
As Celtic know, it’s hard enough to convince their players to stay in Glasgow, let alone convince a sought-after manager to reject England and sign on the dotted line in Scotland.
With Howe wanting to bring a number of Bournemouth’s backroom staff with him, the Hoops will have to wait until their play-off campaign is done and dusted.
Once that’s concluded, it should be nothing more than a formality for McKay to conclude a deal.
After all, the biggest obstacle of them all – the chance to manage in the Premier League – has been eradicated.
Celtic chiefs should be able to rest a little easier now.