Paul Robinson has questioned whether Eddie Howe could successfully overhaul the Celtic squad if appointed manager.

The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 43-year-old would need to handle transfers “better than he has done in the past”.

Football Insider revealed last week that the ex-Bournemouth boss has reached a verbal agreement with Celtic to succeed Neil Lennon as their permanent manager.

The Scottish Sun claim the manager-in-waiting wants to bring his former captain Steve Cook to Parkhead on a free transfer this summer.

Robinson cited Shane Duffy, who has flopped while on loan at Celtic this season, when evaluating Cook’s potential arrival.

“It would be an interesting signing because Shane Duffy has obviously struggled this season,” he told Football Insider.

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“If Eddie Howe does get the job he will need to bring a number of players in.


“Will he be clever enough or smart enough in the transfer market to successfully overhaul that squad? He would need to do it better than he has done in the past.

“It would be a big test and I think it would take time for him to win Celtic fans over. If it is him who gets the job, he has got a big task because the squad needs a complete revamp. Celtic have fallen so far behind Rangers, it is not going to be easy at all.”

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