Eddie Howe ‘ready to raid old Bournemouth squad for Captain Steve Cook and technical director Richard Hughes when he takes over at Celtic’ … as he sees the summer overhaul in an attempt to put Bhoys back above rivals Rangers
- Eddie Howe retired from Bournemouth in July following relegation
- He had completed two promotions during his second tenure in the management of the club
- Howe will take over at Celtic and has designated Steve Cook as a key signing
- Cook has played 376 games for the Cherries and is now their captain
- Technical Director Richard Hughes is also someone who wants to bring in Howe
- Celtic needs reinforcement from the center-back and has struggled badly this season
Eddie Howe has reportedly made his old defensive stalwart Steve Cook and Cherries technical director Richard Hughes the main goals for the summer transfer as he plans to take over Celtic with the task of overthrowing the newly crowned champion Rangers and restore the team’s dominance in Scotland.
Howe said goodbye to the club following their relegation from the Premier League after five years in the top flight.
The 43-year-old is now drafted to succeed Neil Lennon and wants Cook, who has no contract over the summer, to move north of the border, according to The Scottish sun
It is increasingly likely that Eddie Howe will be the man to take over as Celtic boss
Howe is reportedly looking for his former center back at Bournemouth Steve Cook
Center-back Cook was definitively signed by Bournemouth in January 2012 after a brief loan spell while they were in League One, nine months before Howe rejoined the South Coast club after a botched spell at Burnley.
Cook quickly became an established member of the side and was a key figure when Bournemouth was promoted in 2013 and 2015 to reach the Promised Land.
In total, Cook played 376 games for Bournemouth, scoring 21 goals, including an equalizer in a thrilling 4-3 comeback against Liverpool in 2016 when the Reds collapsed after a 3-1 lead.
Cook’s position at the club has continued to improve despite Howe’s departure and under Howe’s successor Jason Tindall the 29-year-old became captain, a role has continued under new boss Jonathan Woodgate while Bournemouth sits a point of the Championship play-offs with a match in. hand in sixth place in Reading.
Celtic, meanwhile, are desperately in need of strengthening the mid-half as they look to retake their Scottish Premier League title next season, with Frenchman Christopher Jullien possibly out for nine months after sustaining a serious knee injury while taking a ball off the ball in the final game. line or 2020 against Dundee United.
Christopher Jullien could be out for nine months after sustaining a serious injury in December
With former Brighton man Shane Duffy going through a difficult first season at Celtic Park, caretaker manager John Kennedy has to rely on an unknown center-back from Norwegian Kristoffer Ajer and inexperienced 21-year-old Stephen Welsh.
Howe also wants Hughes to oversee a restructuring of football operations, but is willing to stick with current first-team coaches, John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.
After being touted for the job at Crystal Palace, Howe’s next destination is now much more likely Glasgow than London, after Celtic’s major shareholder Dermot Desmond pledged to back him with cash during the upcoming transfer period.
Celtic underperformed this season as Rangers won the Scottish Premiership title
Celtic have struggled badly this season and were unable to win their tenth consecutive national title as Steve Gerrard’s men won at a gallop.
The Hoops were also unable to defend their Scottish League Cup crown when they crashed to Ross County in the second round, while also finishing at the bottom of their Europa League group this season when Neil Lennon got the boot in February after two years in charge during his second spell at the helm.
The team will at least have the option of retaining the Scottish Cup, with Saturday’s comfortable victory over Falkirk from Scottish League One, advancing them to the fourth round.