Celtic have endured a frustrating season but Neil Lennon remains in the dugout

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Eddie Howe could be the next man to take charge of Celtic, according to his former colleague Mark Burchill.

Neil Lennon remains in charge at Celtic Park, but has endured a difficult campaign and seen fans outside the ground calling for his departure.

Celtic finished bottom of their Europa League group and were knocked out of the Betfred Cup by Ross County. Their priority for the season was a historic tenth league title in a row, but they currently trail rivals Rangers by 21 points.

Lennon was self-isolating at home on Monday night and watched Gavin Strachan oversee a 1-1 draw against Hibs, with Kevin Nisbet’s injury-time equaliser for the visitors making the prospect of 10-in-a-row look even more distant than it had prior to kick-off.

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Despite majority shareholder Dermot Desmond reportedly backing Lennon until at least the end of the season, there remains speculation about who might replace the current boss.

Ex-Celtic striker Burchill is now a scout at English Championship club Bournemouth, where Howe was manager between 2012 and 2020, having served an initial spell in the dugout between 2008 and 2011.

He took the Cherries to the Premier League in 2015, where they remained for five seasons before being relegated in 2019/20.

Burchill believes Howe, who has previously been mentioned in connection with Arsenal and the English national team, would be attracted to the Celtic job.

Speaking to former Celtic right-back Mark Wilson on the Celtic Huddle podcast, Burchill said: “The thing about being manager of Celtic is, instantly, you are going to be playing in front of 60,000 fans.

“Not every Premier League club has 60,000 fans and the worldwide support that Celtic have got.

“Having the opportunity to go and win trophies? I think that’s something that your normal Premier League manager can go ten or 12 years without winning any trophies.

“So I think that could be something that would entice him north of the border.

“Also, I think the chance to play European football is something that would be a carrot for anyone down south who would look at it and say, ‘I never got the opportunity to work or play in Europe and win cups and leagues’.

“I think the Celtic job speaks for itself. If anyone gets offered it, you have to think about it seriously.

“I think these top-level managers have got their eyes on everything.

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“To be a Premier League manager, yes you encapsulate yourself 24/7 with your own team, but I think you have to know what’s going on elsewhere and you have to know players and clubs.

“I’m sure that since Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard came up here, every English manager would have had a much closer eye on what’s going on up here; the players and the way teams are playing.

“So I’d imagine he would have a real knowledge of Scottish football if he ever wanted to take a job north of the border.”

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