Celtic should appoint a “new school” manager like Eddie Howe, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Aston Villa striker claimed the Hoops should look to Rangers’ appointment of Steven Gerrard in 2018 as inspiration.

This site revealed at the beginning of the month Howe, 43, is interested in the position but is also eyeing a return to the Premier League in the summer.


John Kennedy has been in interim charge of the Hoops since the end of February when Neil Lennon resigned his position.

One of the current favourites for the job is former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder.

The 53-year-old left the Premier League’s basement boys earlier this month with the Blades nailed on for relegation.

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The Scottish Sun report Wilder is keen to find another job quickly despite the fact he will continue to be paid by Sheffield United for another six months if he does not take another role.

Asked whether Wilder would be a good fit at Parkhead, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s hard.

“He’s had a great career at Sheffield United.

“It just depends on what line Celtic want to go down, do they want an old school manager? Or do they want a new school manager?

“You look at Steven Gerrard, next door to them and what he’s done. Maybe they might go down the same route of a younger manager like Eddie Howe.

“Whoever they appoint has to be the right person or otherwise I feel they’ll stick with John Kennedy.”

Howe steered Bournemouth to three promotions as well as overseeing four successful Premier League campaigns before the fifth resulted in relegation last season.


Kennedy beat Aberdeen 1-0 in his first game in charge of Celtic and has since drawn with Dundee United and Rangers.

The 37-year-old insisted when he took over that he was not seeing the role as an “audition”.

In other news, a top pundit has insisted Celtic could be set for a “massive” windfall after a “huge” UEFA development.