Celtic would be dodging a bullet if Eddie Howe moved to Brighton or Crystal Palace this summer, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the vacant position at Parkhead is “too big a job” for the 43-year-old who has “never left his comfort zone”.

Football Insider revealed on Tuesday that Brighton may rival Celtic and Crystal Palace for Howe in the coming weeks.


The ex-Bournemouth boss reached a verbal agreement with Celtic following talks in London but has since had second thoughts.

Robinson claimed Howe does not have the “prowess” in the transfer market needed to rebuild the Hoops squad.

“From a Celtic point of view, I would be underwhelmed by Howe’s appointment,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has not really achieved a lot other than at Bournemouth where he is in his comfort zone.

“He left Bournemouth because he struggled in that final season and wherever he goes next will be a test of his credentials and reputation. His reputation as a coach and a man manager has always been great but he has never left that comfort zone.

“I do not think he has the prowess in the transfer market to get Celtic where they need to be.

“To go from a club the size of Bournemouth to a club like Celtic, it’s chalk and cheese. Celtic are a European superpower who are expected to win every week. You have to win trophies there. You are expected to win every single game of the season.

“I think it is too big a job for Eddie Howe. I do not think he is the right man for it.” 

In other news, McAvennie backs Celtic signing of English-based striker as talks continue.