By Gabriel Agbonlahor

2nd Dec, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit drops big Eddie Howe claim after Celtic board development

Eddie Howe has the pedigree to be Celtic manager and would jump at the opportunity to manage the club, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker claimed the Celtic board may rush into a decision on Neil Lennon soon because of fan unrest.

This site revealed last week it would take an unprecedented U-turn for them to replace Lennon with the former Bournemouth manager.

The Hoops have put their faith in Lennon’s knowledge of the Scottish game and are not planning to replace him before their crunch Old Firm clash with Rangers at the beginning of January.

The pressure is mounting on the northern Irishman after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Ross County means they have just won twice in their last 10 games across all competitions.

It sparked ugly scenes at Parkhead which the club strongly condemned in an official statement.

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Asked by Football Insider whether he thinks Howe would be a good replacement for Lennon, Agbonlahor said: “He definitely has the pedigree.

“But what you’ve got to be careful with that job is, it’s one where the fans demand success.

“They will not take losing a title to Rangers.

“We’ve already seen the protests the other night at Celtic Park and we’re only in the first quarter of the season.

“I’m sure Eddie Howe will be interested but I’m sure the Celtic board will want to choose someone who understands what Celtic is about, that they need to win titles.

“It shouldn’t put anybody off, there are lots of managers out of a job who would love to manage Celtic and they’d snap your hand off.

“It doesn’t look good for the manager at the moment when fans are doing that because it adds pressure onto the board who might just rush into a decision because of unrest.”

In other news, a Celtic legend has shared his verdict on a star player after an intervention from Peter Lawwell.