Danny Mills has backed Eddie Howe’s plan to bring his former Bournemouth colleague Richard Hughes to Celtic as their next technical director.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Leeds United defender claimed Celtic’s “desperate” position meant Howe could pick his own boss.

Football Insider revealed back in January Nicky Hammond’s job as head of football operations was under threat and he announced his resignation earlier this week.


This site understands the Hoops are closing in on the hire of Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin as their new director of football.

The Daily Mail report Howe wants the job to go to his ex-Cherries teammate and colleague Hughes after he held talks with principal shareholder Dermot Desmond in London.

Asked whether it would be a good idea for Howe to cherry-pick his technical director, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s all about relationships and understanding.

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“That technical director has to be prepared to sack him.

“That relationship is key between manager and technical director. It’s a really important relationship and it has to work, you have to have that understanding.

“Normally, the technical director appoints the manager but the fact Celtic are desperate for a manager and don’t have a technical director, I don’t think it’s a bad move.

“I think when you look at it, they need a technical director and that relationship has to be firm so why not have two people that want to work together? That’s the way I’d look at it.

“Rather than force it on somebody that they don’t want. Just hang on a minute, and then you’ve instantly got an opportunity where it’s likely to be successful.”

In other news, a Hoops legend has been wowed by footage of a bulked-up Celtic 19-year-old.