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Celtic fans will not care that Eddie Howe lacks the European experience of Lucien Favre – it’s the domestic front that they need to focus on. 

That is according to former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider with Celtic’s hunt for a new manager still ongoing.

As revealed by this site on 8 May, the Parkhead hierarchy has interviewed both Howe and Favre for the vacant position, as well as Roy Keane.

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Howe is now the frontrunner despite reneging on a verbal agreement to become Hoops boss in early April.

Favre, 63, has managed Zurich, Borussia Monchengladbach, Nice and Dortmund in the Champions League while Howe, 43, is yet to lead a team into Europe.

But Kenny insists that Howe’s lack of experience on the big stage should not stand in the way of him getting the job.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “They are a team that needs to be fighting on two fronts.

“But the main thing for me is they need to get back in contention with Rangers. They are a country mile behind them at the moment.

“You need to look at the domestic side of things first. If Eddie Howe is going to be coming in, hopefully he can get them closer to Rangers.

“For me, it’s not a problem that he doesn’t have experience in Europe. It’s the domestic front they need to address first.

“I’m sure the fans would rather they go and win the league than reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.”

Football Insider understands that John Kennedy, 37, has been frozen out of discussions regarding the managerial search.

Kennedy was appointed interim boss following Neil Lennon’s resignation in February.

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