Celtic’s pursuit of ten Scottish Premiership titles in a row is going disastrously.
They got to nine with a canter, fighting off the competition in unrelenting fashion as they made a mockery of their rivals Rangers.
However, in 2020/21, it is the Gers who are doing the mocking.
At the time of writing, Celtic sit a colossal 11 points behind their old nemesis and are in danger of losing their grip on the league crown for the first time in a decade.
It’s refreshing to witness a changing of the guard but how on earth do the Hoops get themselves out of this mess?
Well, the man with the keys to success or failure is Peter Lawwell, Celtic’s CEO.
It’s thought that after the Bhoys’ 2-2 draw with Hibernian that Neil Lennon’s job is still safe at Parkhead but if results continue as they are, it surely won’t be long before Lawwell pulls the trigger and moves for a new manager.
One figure who could replace Lennon is a certain Eddie Howe. Previously touted as a coach to go on and take charge of England, he is now without a job after quitting Bournemouth following their relegation from the Premier League.
A perfectly reasonable option for the Hoops, he could help banish Celtic’s current nightmares on the training ground.
Earlier this week, a shocking revelation came to light from pundit Simon Fry: “I know they still do Brendan Rodgers training, which worries me. If you’re the manager you can’t be doing someone else’s thing you need to do what you want to do.”
Now, we know that Lennon is more of a man-manager than he is a coach, but this is why Howe would be absolutely perfect for Celtic. He is a hard-working trainer and puts in considerable hours on the training ground.
He is the definition of a tracksuit manager, leading his own sessions and staying behind after hours.
Former Bournemouth man Brett Pitman previously said: “It wouldn’t just be ‘do you want to do a session’ and a coach would be there. He [Howe] would be the one taking it, with all his staff – that is special. People might think that is a norm in football but it really isn’t. It is what makes him different.”
Already we can see the stark differences between Howe and Lennon – it really is night and day.
Simon Francis, another of Howe’s ex-players once noted: “He is meticulous. He does not leave any stone unturned. And he instils that work ethic into the players. Because you know that he is buying into it. Not turning up late, not strolling out onto the training pitch late, he is always the first. You can never question anything he does.”
Despite the numerous titles Lennon has brought to Celtic since Brendan Rodgers departed, it’s clear that everything is not quite right at Lennoxtown. This season proves that they’re still living off the Leicester boss’ past glories and methods – that really isn’t good enough for a manager as experienced as the one Celtic currently have.
Perhaps with fresh ideas and a different approach their fortunes will improve. Lawwell must pursue Howe.