Last week it was reported that Howe had held face-to-face talks with Dermot Desmond and Dom McKay but Tuesday came and went with the only announcement to the London Stock Exchange being that McKay would be joining Celtic on April 18.
Although McKay and Peter Lawwell will have an involvement there is little doubt that Desmond, Celtic’s biggest individual shareholder, will have the final say on any appointment, updating on tonight’s developments, The Sun reports:
SunSport understands Howe is seeking reassurances that he will be able to draft in his own backroom team. The one-time touted England and Arsenal candidate is pushing for trusted ally Richard Hughes to be lured away from his role at Bournemouth.
Celtic’s board are open to the idea, but it would mean ripping up plans to appoint Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin as director of football. But crucially, majority shareholder Dermot Desmond is willing to play the waiting game to land number one choice Howe.
When Bournemouth were relegated from the EPL in August Howe resigned straight away, his next move is the one that Celtic fans are waiting for confirmation on.