Celtic have dodged a bullet in Eddie Howe, according to Paul Robinson.
The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is adamant the 43-year-old was the wrong man to succeed Neil Lennon at Parkhead as he has no experience of managing a big club or playing European football.
Celtic confirmed in a statement that Howe would not be joining the club this summer “for reasons outwith both his and Celtic’s control”.
Football Insider understands Celtic have since offered the job to Ange Postecoglu and presented him with a contract.
The 55-year-old has asked for permission to quit his current club Yokohama F. Marinos in a bid to push through a move to the Hoops.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Celtic’s failed move for Howe, Robinson said:
“I think it might work in Celtic’s favour because I was sceptical of that appointment anyway.
“They’re a huge, huge football club and whoever comes in faces a massive task. The need to rebuild their squad this summer because they have fallen to favour behind Rangers in the last 12 months.
“Celtic are a football club who are used to winning every week and playing in the Champions League. Howe is not used to doing either of those things and for that reason I did not think he was the right man for the job.
“When he went to Burnley he stepped outside his comfort zone and struggled. I did not see him and Celtic as the right fit.
“They put all or their eggs in his basket but I think they will be happy they missed out on him in the end.
“There will be world-class managers, who are used to managing in big competitions, who would accept the job.”