EDDIE HOWE is edging closer to being named the new Celtic manager.

The former Bournemouth boss is putting together his backroom team for the move to Parkhead and the deal could be rubber-stamped early next month.

Howe wants Richard Hughes, known to have Celtic leanings, as his new recruitment chief, but there will be a delay in any appointment with the former Scotland international midfielder still involved in the south coast side’s promotion push.

Howe left the club in August after last season’s relegation from the Premier League, but they will be involved in the play-offs along with Brentford, Swansea and Barnsley with Norwich City and Watford already promoted.

Hughes will remain with the Vitality Stadium club until the situation is resolved before almost certainly heading for Glasgow.

Despite rumours of Howe looking at possibilities elsewhere with Newcastle and Crystal Palace mentioned, it appears the Parkhead club are close to getting the appointment over the line, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Supremo Dermot Desmond held talks with Howe in London last month and since then both parties have been working to getting the deal set in motion.

Neil Lennon departed in February with John Kennedy placed in charge in an interim capacity and he is currently preparing the players for their fifth and final game against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday. The Hoops bring down the curtain on a disappointing campaign with a home match against St Johnstone on Wednesday May 12 and Hibs at Easter Road three days later.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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