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Exclusive: Eddie Howe backed as Neil Lennon’s Celtic successor

Celtic may be playing out their final season with Neil Lennon at the helm.

The Irishman returned to Glasgow for a second stint in charge of the Hoops last year, following Brendan Rodgers’ departure to join Leicester City.

They rehired Lennon after he guided them to the infamous ‘treble treble’ during his first spell there, but his second time around hasn’t been as fruitful. Celtic are currently second in the Scottish Premiership table, trailing to arch-rivals Rangers.

Would Eddie Howe be a good replacement for Neil Lennon?

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In spectacular fashion, Steven Gerrard has spearheaded the Gers to a blistering season in which they are yet to be defeated in the league. They top the table by a whopping 13 points, which surely puts the league in their hands at this point in the season.

If Celtic place second this campaign, the likelihood is that the club will axe Lennon and look to bring in a replacement. Whilst rumours have been circulating – including the hopeful return of Martin O’Neill – Rob Lee spoke to Football FanCast about who he thinks the Bhoys should be targeting.

“Eddie Howe, if he wanted to do it, it’s whether Eddie Howe would want to do that. No disrespect to Celtic, it’s whether he’d want to go to Scotland. It’s not as though he could make Celtic or better because them and Rangers, that’s Scotland really. Yeah so Eddie Howe, I think he’d be good”

Lee later added: “Eddie Howe was a great shout, [it’s] just whether he’d want to do it.”

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The 43-year-old recently endured a crushing relegation blow after Bournemouth were unable to keep their grip on their spot in the Premier League. However, they have jumped straight back to their feet and currently sit second in the Championship, just three points behind leaders Norwich.

Should Celtic give Lennon the boot and go down the avenue of targeting Howe, they must drive a hard bargain. If he can guide the Cherries to promotion, it’s almost certain that he will prioritise Premier League football over moving to Scotland.

In other news, Peter Lawwell lucky that this managerial candidate turned down Hoops job…

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