By Paddy Kenny

27th May, 2021 | 10:00am

Kenny issues warning to man-management warning to Howe after Celtic statement

The first thing Eddie Howe must do if installed as Celtic manager is rally the troops. 

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Celtic issued an update on their search for a new boss.

In an official statement, the Hoops said they had hoped to have made the hire by this point but claimed that an appointment is due “shortly.”

Howe struck a verbal agreement with Celtic in April, as revealed by Football Insider, but has since chosen to keep his powder dry.

However, he remains the overwhelming frontrunner for the job despite Celtic fears that Crystal Palace could hijack his appointment.

Kenny called for the 43-year-old to employ the “softly-softly” approach if he takes the reins at Parkhead to win over a beleaguered side that finished 25 points behind Rangers.

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“They need a good geeing up,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Before anything else, they need someone to come in and motivate them. They need someone to tell them they can win this title back from Rangers.

“I’m sure he’ll go in and assess the situation, if he hasn’t already been assessing it, and go from there.

“He needs to show more man-management than going in there and starting rollicking people.

“You’ve got to be careful in this day and age. Go in with the softly-softly approach and get everyone onside. That always works.

“He also needs to know what he’s got and what he hasn’t got, what he needs and doesn’t need in terms of players. I’m sure there will be some coming out and going in.”

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