McLeish: Celtic have moved for the new Rodgers as contact made

Eddie Howe could prove to be the new Brendan Rodgers if appointed Celtic manager, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Bhoys would not “experiment” in choosing Neil Lennon’s successor.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, Celtic have made contact with Howe to gauge his interest in taking charge.

It is understood while Howe would be open to a move, he is currently keeping his options open.

The former Bournemouth boss has been out of work since last summer following the Cherries’ relegation from the Premier League.

McLeish insisted appointing a proven manager was a must for Celtic and suggested Howe could be similar to former Parkhead man Rodgers.

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McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: I would expect Celtic to be looking at a manager like-minded at that level.

“Maybe a kind of Brendan Rodgers type of manager. Is Eddie Howe is seen as that kind of coach? Yes, and I would say that’s the type of name they should be linked with.

“Neil is gone, we’re all aware of that now, and I don’t believe Celtic will experiment. I think they’ll go for a manager who has proved themselves.

“That’s the expectations of Old Firm fans. The expectations are you get a guy in and he starts winning right away.”

Rodgers took charge of 169 games and won two league titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups while at Celtic.

The Hoops saw their 10-in-a-row hopes ended on Sunday after a draw with Dundee United handed Rangers the Premiership title.

In other news, Celtic have sounded out Martin O’Neill in new manager hunt twist.