Kevin Phillips, a pundit, has predicted that Celtic will formally name Eddie Howe as their new boss.

The former Bournemouth manager has been closely linked with a switch to Parkhead, but there have been some setbacks.

Howe is said to have initially decided to move to Glasgow before reconsidering and meeting with Crystal Palace.

He isn’t the front-runner to succeed Roy Hodgson, with Sean Dyche currently leading the way, although it’s been confirmed that he’s now putting the finishing touches on his backroom team ahead of a Scotland transfer.

The Hoops have just two games left in the Scottish Premiership, with temporary manager John Kennedy taking over after Neil Lennon’s resignation in February.

Howe’s agent announced that the 43-year-old will not return to the dugout until the summer, and Phillips believes an official statement could come on the season’s final weekend.

Phillips states:

“I think Kennedy will see the season out.

“They’ll keep it quiet. There’s no rush to make an announcement now. Just get everything sorted with the plans for his arrival, if it is to be Eddie Howe.

“Maybe they can make the announcement on the last weekend of the season. This has been mooted for a long time and it won’t be a surprise when it is announced.

“But it will definitely be the last weekend of the season.”