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Eddie Howe worked wonders at Bournemouth (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Eddie Howe worked wonders at Bournemouth (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Eddie Howe worked wonders at Bournemouth (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Roy Keane's hopes of a return to frontline management with Celtic look set to be dashed after it was confirmed former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is in talks with the Parkhead club over succeeding Neil Lennon.

Last weekend's Sunday World back page revealed Keane was in a straight fight with Howe for the Celtic job, with widespread reports now suggesting the latter has jumped to the top of the wanted list.

The Hoops have been looking for a new boss since Lennon resigned in February, before Old Firm rivals Rangers stopped them winning a 10th successive Scottish Premiership title.

Howe left his role as Bournemouth manager by mutual consent last August, after being unable to keep the Cherries in the Premier League.

The 43-year-old departed the south coast club after more than 450 games in charge across two spells at the Vitality Stadium, with a spell at Burnley in between.

Lennon’s assistant John Kennedy stepped up to become interim boss and is preparing for Saturday night’s Scottish Cup third-round tie against League One side Falkirk at Celtic Park.

The Parkhead club are set to undergo some radical changes at the end of the season, with skipper Scott Brown will leave for a player-coach role with Aberdeen and chief executive Peter Lawwell stepping down at the end of June with Dominic McKay from the Scottish Rugby Union taking over.

Celtic also announced on Wednesday night that Nick Hammond, their head of football operations, had resigned to “pursue new opportunities”.

Now it looks like Howe is emerging as the man likely to lead a new era at Celtic, with the experienced tactician believes to have turned down a chance to succeed Chris Wilder as Sheffield United manager as he sets his sights on the Parkhead post.

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