Mills: Celtic's worst nightmare may become reality after Howe talks to Premier League club in London

Danny Mills has backed Eddie Howe to be a success at Crystal Palace amid fears he may snub the Celtic manager’s job.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender suggested Roy Hodgson leaving Palace could make the Hoops’ worst nightmare a reality.

Celtic are worried the south London club could scupper their plans to appoint the Englishman until he signs for them on the dotted line.

Howe reached a verbal agreement with Celtic at the end of March after talks in London. He is also believed to have spoken to Palace in the capital.

Frank Lampard was the favourite for the Palace job but Football Insider revealed he has pulled out of the running after fears the rebuilding job may be too big.

Asked whether this could be Celtic’s worst nightmare, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Possibly.

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“Steve Parish has got to get it right. Whether you like Hodgson or not he was a fantastic appointment. He was brought in to do a job and he’s done it incredibly well.

“They’ve stayed up without spending very much money at all.

“You’ve got an awful lot of players out of contract, Eze with a long-term injury. So, bringing a manager in a time like that.

“Bringing Lampard in would’ve been a risk, a big risk. With all those players out of contract, are you keeping hold of all those players?

“Eddie Howe going in there would do a reasonable job. Sean Dyche has been mentioned as well to keep that steady ship ticking over.

“There aren’t going to be many funds available. Recruitment is going to be absolutely unbelievable over the summer. If not, you’re going to start with a whole new squad with a brand new manager.”

In other news, Newcastle United have set their sights on signing a £4.5million-valued Celtic star after an option was triggered.