Celtic are hoping to get Eddie Howe in as their new manager – and he could yet be followed by some familiar faces.

Howe has emerged as the Bhoys’ first-choice candidate to replace Neil Lennon following his resignation in February.

Talks have allegedly been held, and The Scottish Sun claim that Celtic hope to have a deal done by the end of the week.

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That report noted that talks have become complicated because Howe wants to bring Bournemouth’s Richard Hughes to Celtic with him in a director of football role.

Hughes may not be the only capture for Howe though, as Mark Burchill is now being tipped for a move back to Parkhead.

Burchill, 40, started his career with Celtic as a striker, but struggled to really break through before leaving in 2001 for Portsmouth – where he met Howe.

The Scot had a stint at Livingston manager, but now finds himself with Bournemouth as Chief Scout, playing an important role in recruitment on the South Coast.

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Burchill backed Howe for a move to Celtic earlier this year, and ex-Portsmouth teammate Kevin Harper is backing Burchill to join Howe and Hughes at Parkhead.

Harper has told the Daily Record that he believes a deal for Burchill would ‘make sense’, feeling that he would be a ‘key addition’ for the Bhoys in a recruitment role as he, Howe and Hughes share a similar outlook on the game to potentially give Celtic an exciting future.

“If Burchy was on board too then it would make sense. The three of them have the same ideas on the game,” said Harper. “Burchy, having played for Celtic could be a key addition. He knows what the club is all about. So together they just make absolute sense. I’m really excited to see what they could bring in,” he added.

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