Celtic must appoint Eddie Howe as their next manager before the Euros kicks off next month, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed a new manager is needed as soon as possible as a lot of work needs to be done at Parkhead over the summer.

This site revealed in April that the ex-Bournemouth manager had reached a verbal agreement with the Hoops to succeed Neil Lennon as their next permanent manager.


The Daily Record claim the appointment is on hold until Bournemouth’s play-off campaign concludes with Howe wanting key members of the Cherries’ backroom staff to join him in Glasgow.

The Championship side beat Brentford 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final on Monday night with the final scheduled to take place at the end of the month.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the latest managerial development, Campbell said: “It is the worst kept secret in football, Eddie Howe to Celtic.

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“We just need it to be official now. There is clearly a lot of work going on in the background.

“A lot of things are changing at Celtic. Scott Brown has played his last game, a number of loan players are heading back and there are question marks over a number of their other players. They need Howe or another manager in as soon as possible.


“There is a big job on there and it will be a tough ask to get the title back because Steven Gerrard has got Rangers moving. They need to wrestle the title back. Strong management is needed.

“The appointment has to happen before the Euros because they have not got much time. Before you know it the next season will have started. It has to be in the next fortnight.”

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