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Eddie Howe’s plans at Celtic have already suffered a blow.

The former Bournemouth boss isn’t even in place as Bhoys boss yet, though he is expected to finally take the role soon.

The Daily Record reported earlier this week that Howe wants Bournemouth trio Stephen Purches, Simon Weatherstone and Richard Hughes to follow him to Celtic, which now looks more likely after the Cherries misses out on promotion.

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That report also stated that Howe had spoken to Peter Grant about joining him at Celtic, in what looked like being a perfect move.

Grant and Howe played together at Bournemouth, and Howe may need somebody on his coaching staff that knows Celtic inside out.

Grant spent the majority of playing career with the Bhoys so fits the bill, and is available after leaving his post as Alloa Athletic boss.

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However, The Courier now report that Grant is set to snub Celtic and instead take over as the Dunfermline manager, with the opportunity described as ‘too strong to turn down’.

Club legend Stevie Crawford resigned earlier this month, and Grant has been picked as the replacement thanks to his style of play at Alloa.

That’s a real blow for Howe, who could have really used Grant’s input both as a coach and as a Celtic man, and may mean that he has to look elsewhere.

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