Neil Lennon’s second managerial spell at Celtic came to an end in February, with the Hoops appointed John Kennedy as the club’s caretaker manager for the time being.

Among the many candidates reported, Eddie Howe, who is without a job since leaving AFC Bournemouth after the end of the last season, has been heavily linked with the Parkhead job, but his representative has made it clear Howe will not consider returning to management until the summer at the earliest.

That, however, has not stopped Celtic from getting linked with other players, hoping the 43-year-old will be appointed as Lennon’s successor.

According to Sporten, the former Premier League manager will look to make Everton’s Joshua King his first signing at the Scottish club after the duo shared some success together at Bournemouth.

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King left the Cherries for the Merseyside club, months after his manager left Bournemouth.

The Norway international’s current deal with the Toffees is until the end of this season and Sporten suggest Carlo Ancelotti’s side are unlikely to offer him an extension.

With Howe ‘very relevant’ to become the next Celtic manager, it’s stated the coach ‘will take’ King to Celtic Park ‘if he gets the job’.

For now, it’s only ifs and buts, but King’s chances of joining Celtic will certainly improve if (or when) Howe gets the job at Parkhead.