By Paddy Kenny

23rd May, 2021 | 11:27am

Wilshere 'could be tempted' by Celtic switch if Howe appointed

Eddie Howe should sign Jack Wilshere if he is appointed Celtic manager in the coming weeks.

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Bournemouth’s defeat in the Championship play-offs on Saturday.

Wilshere, whose contract expires in a little over a month, didn’t make it off the bench as his side fell to a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Brentford in the semi-final.

Howe is Celtic’s top managerial target, though the Hoops hierarchy fear their plans could be scuppered by Crystal Palace who are also on the hunt for a new boss.

The 43-year-old signed Wilshere, 29, on loan for Bournemouth in the 2016-17 campaign, later saying “I can’t rate Jack enough as a footballer [and] as a person.”

Kenny insists that a Celtic swoop for Wilshere would make sense for all parties.

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“I think he could be tempted,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams when asked whether he could see the midfielder moving north of the border.

“He’s got connections with Howe, so why not? He’s on a free after all. It would be a good signing for everyone, I think. 

“It does depend whether Wilshere would want to move up to Scotland because it’s not like an hour’s drive away.

“It’s a massive club, Celtic. They need to turn things around next season because they’ve had a disappointing year.

“But listen, players like that aren’t out of contract often. If Eddie Howe does get the job, I think this is something they could definitely look at. It would be a great deal.

“He’s had a history of injuries so it would be nice for him to win some trophies.”

Wilshere has featured 18 times for the Cherries in 2020-21.

He signed for the club for a second time at the start of the season, three years after his initial loan spell under Howe.

In other news, Celtic terminate 25-year-old’s contract a year ahead of schedule in shock move.