Ex-manager warns Celtic over potential Howe hire after talks held

Alex McLeish has warned Celtic about appointing Richard Hughes as Eddie Howe’s head scout. 

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Hoops’ infrastructure could be “ripped apart” if both men were to leave Parkhead.

As reported by the Daily Record, Howe met with Celtic officials earlier this week and asked the Bhoys to move for three senior figures at Bournemouth.

It is said the 43-year-old wants  Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone to join as coaches and Hughes to become head scout.

The former Portsmouth and Scotland star is currently the Cherries’ technical director.

McLeish warned Howe and Hughes may come as a package.

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As such, he claimed losing both at the same time could hit Celtic hard in the future.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Back in the day, you’d go to a club and take your chief scout with you.

“That has happened in the past, I guess. The question would be that if Eddie was to leave whenever would the chief recruitment officer leave? Would he be fired if it was a case of that, or if they were leaving by choice?

“The infrastructure of the clubs is vital because you have invested a lot of money in it. You don’t want that infrastructure to be ripped apart. If Eddie was to leave and Richard Hughes has done a good job, they wouldn’t want to lose him.

“But it depends if Eddie and Richard come as a package, if they come together and leave together. That’ll be a little conundrum but they’re very, very experienced men.” 

Nicky Hammond left his post as Celtic’s head of football operations earlier this year.

Head of recruitment Gary Penrice and first-team scouts Mick Doherty and John Murphy are also set to leave.

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