It may already be a “done deal” for Eddie Howe to become the new Celtic manager, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the “smart money” would be on the 43-year-old joining the Hoops this summer.

As revealed by Football Insider last month, the door is open for Celtic to appoint Howe after Crystal Palace made Sean Dyche their number one choice to replace Roy Hodgson.


Palace had held discussions with Howe about taking charge this summer but the current Burnley boss is now the frontrunner.

The former Bournemouth boss had verbally agreed to take over at Celtic but ended up having second thoughts.

McLeish admitted the Hoops had been very quiet over the matter.

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However, he suggested a deal may have been agreed behind the scenes ahead of the end of the season.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “We hear so many stories. The grapevine is absolutely rabid on who’s coming.

“It’s said it’s going to be Eddie, Eddie’s name has been there for weeks but there’s other people in the frame. Managers from abroad, John Kennedy’s been given a shout.

“We don’t really know because Celtic have been very quiet on it. The talk is of Eddie Howe already been like 15 to 1 odds on or something.

“You would have to think that it’s a done deal if it’s odds like that. We just have to be patient and wait and see what the final decision is for Celtic. The smart money is on Eddie Howe.” 

Howe has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth last summer.

He spent just under eight years with the Cherries in what was his second spell on the south coast.

He also managed Burnley between 2011 and 2012.

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