Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has stated that he turned down the opportunity to take the Celtic job over the summer before adding that he was not allowed to bring his backroom staff to Glasgow.

Howe was able to debunk widespread reports that he made a last-minute u-turn on taking the Celtic job in the summer when it looked like the ex-Bournemouth boss would be the next permanent manager at Parkhead after former player Neil Lennon.

The new Newcastle United boss talked aboutCelticand the need to publicly set things straight on what transpired before he made the decision to reject their managerial job at his unveiling as the Magpies manager. According to him, he had not spoken about the Celtic job until now. Eddie Howe added that he was always transparent in his dealings with the Scottish Premiership outfit.

Celtic turned to Australian manager Ange Postecoglou when Howe rejected their managerial job and the former Australian national team boss has been able to lead the Parkhead club to second place on the Scottish Premiership table. Celtic are four points adrift of league leaders Rangers.

The target for Celtic is to reclaim their league title after they were piped to it by Rangers under the stewardship of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. Rangers won the Scottish Premiership title last season as they stopped Old Firm rivals Celtic from winning the league title for a tenth game on the bounce.

For new Newcastle United manager Howe, his appointment was confirmed earlier this week and he has a lot to do with the Magpies currently five points off the final safe spot on the Premier League standings ahead of the visit of London team Brentford who have lost their last four games in the league.

Howe takes charge of the Magpies who are the only team without a win in the Premier League after 11 games.

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