Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald has gone against the grain when it comes to potential Celtic managers.

There has been a groundswell of support for Eddie Howe to become the next Celtic boss but the Australian is wary of appointing Howe who has only done it with Bournemouth which he branded a ‘small club’.

Speaking about who could be the next man in charge of Celtic, McDonald went through the familiar list and admits the Celtic board can’t afford a work in progress:

“They’re not going to want a Ronny Deila type of manager who is going to have to build and progress, Celtic fans will demand a manager that has a CV of the highest quality.” McDonald told RecordSport.

“Now it’s just a question of if Celtic can afford to bring in someone of that calibre.

“You talk about Roberto Martinez, is he going to want to walk away from Belgium and does he see himself in a Premier League job. Rafa Benitez has just left China and his name has been linked.

“Eddie Howe is one that has been around a little while.

“A lot of good things have been spoken about Eddie, but he’s only really done it at small Bournemouth, no disrespect, but it’s a smaller club. It’s his club, and is he ready for this big challenge? Who knows.”

Howe worked wonders for Bournemouth, taking them from the brink of receivership to the riches of the Premier League. His last season with Bournemouth was a hard watch but his credentials to make players better should make him an ideal candidate for Celtic.

McDonald was once a Motherwell player with many asking if he could make the step up to Celtic because he had only done it at a small club. We know Scott did the business and was a good signing for the Hoops. The idea Howe should be ruled out for not managing a bigger club is moot.


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