Mills suggests real reason for Howe's Celtic snub as new details emerge

Danny Mills has suggested Eddie Howe may have another job lined up after he rejected the opportunity to become the next Celtic manager.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender insisted Celtic should not be blamed after their pursuit of the Englishman collapsed at the 11th hour.

The Hoops confirmed on Friday that Howe would not be joining the club for “reasons outwith both his and Celtic’s control”.

Football Insider revealed at the beginning of April that Howe had reached a verbal agreement with Celtic’s principal shareholder Dermot Desmond after talks in London but he subsequently had second thoughts.

The Daily Mail report the deal collapsed as Howe was not able to bring in the backroom team he wanted.

“I’m guessing Celtic thought Eddie Howe was going to be the man and suddenly he’s got a better offer and he might be off somewhere else,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Celtic still wanted him, what can you do about that? It’s very difficult.

“They’ve got their man. There’s a verbal agreement in place, they’ve shaken hands on the deal. Then he goes ‘Actually, I’ve got a better offer.’ That’s not really Celtic’s fault.

“I would say something might have come up for him. We’ve always talked about it, once that manager merry-go-round starts spinning, it’s about who gets on and who gets off. Once one goes off, two or three go off and it all happens very quickly.

“Then managers go ‘Oh, let me reassess my options.’”

Celtic have wasted no time in moving on to another candidate.

Football Insider understands they have submitted an offer to Ange Postecoglou who has now asked for permission to quit Japanese club Yokohama F. Marinos.

In other news, a Celtic star’s value could double to £14million within weeks after a report.