Kevin Campbell has tipped Celtic to announce Eddie Howe as their new manager at the end of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker claimed confirmation of the 43-year-old’s appointment may be delayed “out of respect” for interim boss John Kennedy.

Football Insider understands the Hoops have tabled a “wonderful offer” to the former Bournemouth boss.


However, the club sense Howe has been hedging his bets while waiting to see how events pan out south of the border.

It appears less likely than it was that he will become the next manager of Crystal Palace though, with Sean Dyche now the frontrunner to replace Roy Hodgson.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Celtic’s vacant position, Campbell said:

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“It seems a little strange that it is taking so long but perhaps they are waiting to announce it out of respect for John Kennedy. We are not at the end of the season yet and I think an announcement will be made at the end of the season.

“It does not faze me. If it is going to be Eddie Howe, he would want to pay his respects to the incumbent.

“Howe may be putting together his backroom team and working quietly in the background before it gets announced.

“I think the club are going about it in the right way even though it does seem as if it is taking an age.” 

In other news, Frank McAvennie is gutted one Celtic player could quit the club this summer.