By Alan Hutton

26th May, 2021 | 4:00pm

Howe may be 'scared' of Celtic job after talks held this week - pundit

Eddie Howe may have been “scared” to take charge of Celtic without his trusted coaching staff, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 43-year-old felt he needed familiar faces to help cope with the enormous pressure at Parkhead.

As reported by the Daily Record, Howe asked Celtic to make approaches for three senior figures at Bournemouth in talks held on Monday.

He reportedly wants Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone to join the coaching staff at Parkhead.

Meanwhile, the report adds Howe wants Richard Hughes brought in as his new head scout.

Brentford beat Bournemouth 3-2 on aggregate in their Championship play-off semi-final.

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As such, Hutton insisted Celtic needed to move quickly to give Howe what he wants in terms of senior appointments.

“It seems like this is what he was waiting for. It’s his old team. Purches and Weatherstone,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“Looking from the outside in, you wonder if Eddie Howe was scared to sign. Maybe because he couldn’t get his team out of Bournemouth. I wonder if that was the kind of stumbling block.

“Now Bournemouth are out and they’re going to be in the Championship next season. Can Celtic can get that deal done as soon as possible? We’ve spoke about it on numerous occasions, Celtic need to get started now.

“If Eddie Howe knew he was going to take the job, he’d have been going through the squad evaluating everything. He’d be telling everybody what he needs and what he wants. I don’t think that would be a problem.

“But it’s actually being on the grass with the players. Getting to know them, getting your philosophy across to these guys as soon as possible. He will be under pressure from minute one. It’s just the way it is at Rangers and Celtic.

“He’s never really had to deal with that before. I think that’s going to be the biggest thing for him. If you’ve got your team round about you that you trust and you can rely on, it’s always going to help.”

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

The Cherries finished sixth in their first season back in the Championship.

They won the first semi-final leg against Brentford 1-0 but lost the second 3-1.

In other news, Celtic have been warned about bowing to Howe’s demands.