Celtic have been in hot pursuit of Eddie Howe for well over a month now but could a resolution finally be on the cards at Parkhead?
It would appear the Bhoys are finally putting the finishing details to a deal that will bring the 43-year-old to Glasgow.
Celtic have now been without a permanent manager for nearly three months. Neil Lennon departed towards the end of February and since then John Kennedy has been in interim charge.
However, his stint as the club’s temporary manager looks like it could be coming to an end.
Reports in recent weeks stated that a conclusion was being reached with the Howe saga and the latest word from journalist Derek McGregor supplements that view.
Though, in an exciting reveal on the Celtic Huddle podcast, he reveals when we could see the landmark appointment formally announced.
He commented: “I do have a sense it’s coming to a conclusion. I think Eddie Howe will be the next Celtic manager.”
When asked if it could be done this week, McGregor responded: “There’s a chance.”
This came just before TalkSport reported that Howe had now agreed a deal to become the club’s new boss.
The sooner Howe is announced as the new manager, the quicker Celtic can press on with the re-structure of not only the boardroom but also the playing staff.
The Hoops have been chasing a new director of football as well as a new head coach in what has been a frantic start to life amongst the top brass for Dominic McKay.
With the appointment of Howe edging closer to completion, it should leave the Scot incredibly delighted.
After all, the quicker he walks through the door, the easier it’ll be to build a rapport and understanding. Without a manager, the Bhoys could be found wanting in the transfer window, an area McKay will be judged significantly in.
This is a colossal summer for Celtic, one they’ll have to get absolutely spot on if they have desires of stopping Rangers next season.
The futures of Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer remain unsolved and if they do head for the departure lounge, new recruits will be needed.
At the moment, it’s simply impossible to plan their path through the summer. If a move for Howe collapses, then potential targets will be out the window.
Arriving for a combined £9.5m, the latter has only played once since January and Ajeti has scored just six times all term.
A smooth and seamless transition is required, therefore, but once Howe arrives things will begin to work like clockwork.
A director of football will be hired and together with the young head coach and McKay, they can begin preparing for a bigger and better Celtic.