Celtic’s hunt for a new manager is currently in its tenth week but a successor for Neil Lennon has yet to be announced.
The Hoops have considered a number of appointments but Dermot Desmond has been struck with plenty of sticking points.
That being said, Celtic may be forced to think again after a surprising piece of news emerged this week.
That’s because a new name has now emerged in their chase for Lennon’s replacement. That’s the word of Duncan Castles who shared the latest information that he’d been given on the Transfer Window podcast.
He said: “With Roma parting with their current coach Paulo Fonseca, obviously, a Portuguese legend in terms of his career, he has been offered to both Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur as replacements for Neil Lennon and Jose Mourinho.”
With Celtic flirting with Howe for so long, it would be an almighty surprise if they suddenly changed their plan.
That said, extraordinary circumstances appear in football that are sometimes simply too hard to refuse.
In terms of improving their status in Europe, Fonseca would certainly be a valuable hire for Dermot Desmond and co.
He is set to be replaced by Jose Mourinho at Roma once the season comes to a conclusion but it’s been a successful one as far as Europe is concerned.
Fonseca has guided his side to the semi-finals of the Europa League and has shown himself to be a serial winner.
The 48-year-old took Shakhtar Donetsk to three league titles in a row, amassing a win success rate of 74%.
Used to dominating a domestic league and then adapting well in Europe, this could be a crucial skill for a Hoops side striving to do the same.
They have been usurped by Rangers domestically while their continental campaign this term was nothing short of a disaster.
Celtic were knocked out of the Champions League in the qualifying stages and then finished rock bottom of their Europa League group after conceding 19 goals in six outings.
Fonseca may have seen his team decimated 6-2 by Manchester United in the Europa League semi-finals a week ago but he has proved to be adaptable before that.
With Howe possessing no experience in Europe at all, perhaps the Celtic boardroom needs to look towards Fonseca instead. Nobody was really expecting Fonseca to be an option, but now he seemingly is, he could be an excellent selection for the Hoops.
It would not be a shock at all if Celtic decided to take a bit of time to assess Fonseca before they commit to Howe, or indeed any other candidate, so this information that Castles has passed along could very well lead to a further delay whilst the Hoops consider their options again.