By Wayne Veysey

14th Sep, 2021 | 1:32pm

Sources: Howe snubbed Celtic as he is biding his time for Southampton job

Eddie Howe rejected the Celtic job because he is biding his time for the Southampton job to become available, Football Insider has learned.

The former Bournemouth manager was offered the Parkhead post earlier in the summer and kept them waiting for two months before he finally pulled out of talks in late May.

A source with knowledge of Howe’s situation has told Football Insider he has his sights set firmly on the Southampton job currently occupied by Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The 54-year-old is believed to be safe for now but his job will come under threat from November if he does not oversee an improvement in results.

Howe does not want to rush into a management return and location will be a key factor in his next posting.

Howe, who had an unhappy 18-month spell in charge of Burnley a decade ago, has strong roots on the south coast and Southampton is “on his doorstep”, the source added.

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Geography was a key factor in the Englishman rejecting the advances of Celtic following extensive negotiations.

Howe’s snub infuriated Celtic fans who felt his dithering was disrespectful and also slowed down their own management hunt.

Ange Postecoglou was eventually appointed on 10th June and signed a rolling 12-month contract.

Southampton have had a mixed start to the new season under Hasenhuttl, taking three points from their opening four Premier League matches.

This comes after a poor second half of last season, when the Austrian oversaw a run of eight defeats in nine games from January and the team ended up finishing 15th in the table.

Southampton subsequently sold star striker Danny Ings to Aston Villa, although skipper James Ward-Prowse signed a new five-year contract last month.

In other news, Frank McAvennie rips into Celtic player getting the plaudits as “he doesn’t move enough”.