Celtic have made contact with Eddie Howe over their vacant managerial position with the former Bournemouth boss ‘interested’ in replacing Neil Lennon at the Scottish champions.
Lennon resigned from his position as manager last month following a disappointing campaign so far, Celtic having fallen a huge 15 points adrift of league leaders Rangers to end the club’s hopes of winning a historic 10th league title in a row.
Celtic also struggled during their European campaign and finished bottom of their Europa League group, the Scottish side now considering their options as they bid to rebuild and reclaim dominance north of the border.
Several names have been linked with the position including the likes of Scotland manager Steve Clarke and former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, though Football Insider are reporting an approach has now been made for Howe.
The 43-year-old has been without a club since walking away from Bournemouth following the Cherries’ relegation from the Premier League last season, having guided the club from the fourth tier to the highest level of English football during two spells on the South Coast.
Howe is understood to be assessing his options ahead of a return to management with positions at both Newcastle and Crystal Palace of potential interest amid the uncertainty surrounding Steve Bruce and Roy Hodgson respectively.
He is, however, interested in a potential position at Celtic and would fit the club’s profile in targeting a manager with a proven track-record in developing and improving young talent.
Celtic have named assistant John Kennedy as their interim manager until a new head coach is identified and the 37-year-old will take charge ahead of Sunday’s visit to Dundee United.