By Frank McAvennie

20th May, 2021 | 7:49am

McAvennie defends 'massive' Howe after what he's heard from unhappy Celtic fans

Frank McAvennie has leapt to Eddie Howe’s defence amid criticism from Celtic fans over his lack of winning silverware. 

The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Howe’s four promotions with Bournemouth prove he has what it takes to manage at Parkhead.

As reported by talkSPORT, Howe’s appointment has been delayed due to Bournemouth’s push for promotion via the Championship play-offs.

It is claimed Howe will raid his former club to make up his new team but Bournemouth’s potential return to the top flight could scupper his plans.

Football Insider revealed back in April Howe had verbally agreed to take charge of Celtic, although he had second thoughts about joining.

As Bournemouth boss, Howe took the club from League Two to the Premier League.

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During his second spell in charge, he took the Cherries from League One to the top flight in just three seasons.

McAvennie claims he is already looking forward to watching Howe’s Celtic after his impressive spell on the south coast.

“I’ll be delighted if Howe gets it and that looks likely after the latest,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I like the way he plays football. I love his ethos in the game. For me, that’s massive.

“I’ve seen fans saying that he hasn’t won anything. Well, he took Bournemouth from the fourth division all the way to the Premier League. 

“He kept them there for years too. That’s a big thing for me. 

“I’ll be happy to go and watch his team play at Celtic Park if he takes the job.”

If Howe takes the job, his first game is just under two months away as Champions League qualifying gets underway in July.

Howe has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth at the end of last season.

In other news, ex-Celtic man predicts Parkhead icon could join in the summer.