Scottish pundit makes 'massive' Celtic transfer claim as two men in advanced talks

Eddie Howe and Richard Hughes could be a “marriage made in heaven” for Celtic, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the pair’s existing relationship would help with the “massive” recruitment job at Parkhead.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Howe wants Hughes to join him at Celtic as the chief scout, and they are in advanced talks with the club.

Hughes is currently the Cherries’ technical director and worked with Howe during their time on the south coast.

Hutton insisted Celtic needed to get their recruitment right this summer.

As such, he suggested Hughes and Howe could be the ideal pairing.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Richard Hughes, they want him to be the head scout. He’s meant to be very good at his job from everything I’ve heard. 

“How many times has it happened before where you have a manager and director of football that don’t get on? 

“It’s like the director of football says to the manager: ‘There are the players to choose from,’ but they’re not the ones he wants. It can have a terrible time on the relationship and stuff.

“If you’ve got someone there that you’ve worked with previously, you know you get on. You’re friends, you can trust one another, he knows the type of player that fits into Eddie Howe’s philosophy. It just works, a marriage made in heaven.

“We know the turnaround that Celtic are going to have. Players going, loans heading back and players sold off to fund the overhaul. There’s going to be a lot of new faces and they’re going to have to get it right. 

“I think recruitment is massive for Celtic this year. It is probably the biggest it has ever had to be in a long time. You want people like Richard Hughes round about you that you trust.” 

Celtic finished 25 points off Rangers in the Premiership title hunt this season just finished.

The Hoops’ backroom overhaul is already underway after Nicky Hammond left his post as head of football operations.

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