Celtic could pull off a major “coup” by appointing Eddie Howe as manager, according to Alex McLeish.

However, the former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there could still be a twist in the Hoops pursuit of the 43-year-old.

Football Insider understands the Bhoys are worried Howe may have doubts about taking charge despite after reaching a verbal agreement last week.

This site previously revealed Crystal Palace’s interest in appointing Howe as Roy Hodgson’s successor.

As such, Celtic are considering former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre as a potential alternative to the former Bournemouth boss.

McLeish insisted Howe would fit the bill in Celtic’s hunt for a progressive, forward-thinking manager.

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However, he admitted the out-of-work boss could throw a spanner in the works.

“It would be the sort of manager Celtic want,” McLeish told Football Insider.

“Whether they get him or whether he wants to come, these are the questions that we will soon find out the answers to, no doubt.

“Eddie Howe would fit the bill. He’s a great young manager, he’s taken Bournemouth to and kept them in the Premier League for six years. That was no mean feat.

“He’s recognised as possibly a future England manager so that could be quite a coup if Celtic pull that one-off.

“You hear all the stories that Eddie’s been seen around the Celtic set-up. You then hear all rumours that he’s still thinking about staying in England if he gets an approach.

“So, it’s still up in the air.”

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