Former Bournemouth coach, Eddie Howe is favored to replace Neil Lennon as manager of deposed Scottish champions Celtic.
According to media reports on Friday, the 43-year-old Englishman has held discussions with members of the club’s board, including major shareholder Irish financier Dermot Desmond.
Howe left Bournemouth last August when they were relegated from the Premier League after a five-year stay.
He has been linked with Premier League strugglers Sheffield United and Newcastle in recent weeks.
Howe would fit the bill of previous appointees such as Brendan Rodgers, a young manager looking to re-establish their managerial credentials at the top level.
Howe had two spells in charge of Bournemouth, guiding them to three promotions in six seasons and taking them from the fourth tier League Two to an impressive ninth in the Premier League.
Howe, though, arguably faces a tougher task than Rodgers did as a dismal league campaign saw Celtic’s hopes of a historic 10th successive title eclipsed by bitter rivals Rangers.
Lennon resigned in late February two years into a second spell at the club which had yielded two league titles, two Scottish Cups, and a League Cup.