Gabby Agbonlahor has admitted he is not surprised Celtic are not willing to appoint Eddie Howe’s ally Richard Hughes as their new director of football.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward revealed former Celtic managers had told him the new boss will only be allowed to bring in two coaches with him.

This site revealed earlier this week the Hoops are not keen on bringing Hughes to the club despite Howe making it clear he wants his ex-Bournemouth colleague to follow him to Glasgow.


Celtic remain keen on appointing Fergal Harkin of Manchester City after a deal was “90 per cent done” last month.

“I’ve heard from different managers before at Celtic that Celtic are very strong with this,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“You can bring in maybe two coaches and that’s all you get. You don’t get to change the whole system.

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“Celtic are very strong in not giving managers too much power. ‘Bring in a couple of coaches, we’ll sort out the director of football, we’ll sort out everything else.’

“I reckon Celtic are being stubborn on that. Eddie Howe is probably thinking ‘I want to change a lot of things. I want my director of football, I want somebody to help me with transfers.’ They’ve probably said ‘No’ and that’s all it is.

“Eddie Howe’s probably thinking, with the job Celtic have got on their hands with Scott Brown leaving, Edouard probably leaving, ‘How much money am I going to be promised?’ There’s no point in signing a contract with Celtic, jumping the gun and being told you’ve got £15million in the kitty.

“He’s probably thinking I need a lot more than that to catch up with Rangers.

“There’s no rush to go there at the moment. We’ve got the Euros coming up, the season finishing. I’m sure Eddie Howe is not in a super rush to get back managing.


“It’s a big decision for him and his family to move to Scotland. You can’t travel, he’d have to relocate to Glasgow.

“Maybe he’ll only take the job if he’s given the clauses he wants with a director of football.”

In other news, Celtic have been tipped to spend millions on a new squad after an “absolutely massive” reveal.