Off the back of the much-maligned Covid season, Celtic were on the hunt for a new manager in the summer of 2021.

Several names were linked, but Eddie Howe appeared to be the leading candidate. In the end, however, the Englishman didn’t turn out to be the new boss amid, according to Celtic, conditions outside his and the club’s control.

At the time, supporters were rightly frustrated but, in the end, Howe not becoming Parkhead gaffer turned out to be a blessing in disguise because after missing out on their top candidate, the Hoops soon went on to appoint Ange Postecoglou.

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The Aussie gaffer spearheaded a successful rebuild and won five out of a possible six domestic trophies while in Scotland.

He got the Bhoys back on top in Glasgow before getting a deserved, and inevitable, move to the English Premier League with Spurs last summer.

With the North London club, Postecoglou just missed out on top four to Aston Villa but they still have one more game to go before their season is out.  Indeed, tomorrow morning, they take on Newcastle in a friendly in Australia.

Ahead of the game, Howe was asked whether he and Postecoglou have ever spoken about the Celtic job. “We’ve never discussed that”, he said (News Corp Australia via Football Scotland).

“It’s always that kind of thing when you’re a manager and you’re looking at your next opportunity.

“I’ve had it myself where maybe certain things have happened, you think you’re going to miss out on a job, and then you get an opportunity that you don’t expect. It can change your life dramatically, and it can change your career. That has certainly happened for me here at Newcastle.”


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