Paul Robinson is baffled as to why Eddie Howe has not accepted the Celtic job.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one suspects the 43-year-old is stalling because he is waiting for an offer from a Premier League club.

This site revealed last Monday that Roy Keane is back in the frame to be succeed Neil Lennon as manager with Howe having second thoughts on a move to Parkhead.

Football Insider understands the ex-Bournemouth boss is leaning towards a return to the Premier League over Celtic.

Howe‘s name has been linked with Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Brighton, while there is currently a vacant position at Tottenham following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the latest developments, Robinson said: “I do not know what Howe wants.

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“He has an opportunity to go to one of the biggest clubs in Europe, with one of the best supports in the world where he will have a good chance of winning some silverware. It is a huge opportunity and I cannot understand why he would not jump at the chance.

“It may be because he is eyeing up a job in the Premier League.


“Yes, he has decent stock as a coach and his man management skills are very good but I would not want him in charge of Tottenham. Tottenham need and I think will appoint a world-class manager and I do not think he falls into that category.

“He has only ever been in his comfort zone. I think he still has a lot to prove.” 

In other news, a top pundit claim Celtic will regret not triggering Griffiths’ contract clause.