South-coast journalist Alex Crook has run the rule over Eddie Howe amid strong links to the Celtic managerial role, and it could spell good news for Rangers fans.

According to the Guardian Celtic are closing in on a deal for Howe to replace Neil Lennon and thus media attention has turned to how he will cope with the Old Firm glare.

Veteran Gers striker Jermain Defoe recently told talkSPORT that the ex-Bournemouth manager didn’t know how to manage him during his spell as a Cherries player and Crook, who has followed Howe’s every move, has issued further examples of high-profile player fall-outs involving him.

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He wrote in the Scottish Sun: “Another feature of his management style which might pose problems at Celtic is Howe’s refusal to accommodate the maverick.

“Jermain Defoe said last week how Howe had ignored him and then forced him out and he is not alone.

“Glenn Murray was another who came and went quickly and Lee Tomlin, Sylvain Distin and Ryan Fraser are among a small group of strong characters who fell out with the manager.

“Howe’s failure to deal with Scottish international Fraser, who he had discovered at Aberdeen and nurtured into an exciting wing talent, was a black mark.”

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Rangers fans will be rubbing their hands at this rather withering assessment of the prime managerial candidate for the Parkhead job.

The take away from Crook’s claims seems to be that Howe struggles with confrontation and big characters. Heading to Glasgow he will faced with this in abundance and that is potentially a massive issue for the Hoops.

As Steven Gerrard will attest to, the glare in Glasgow is blinding, more so than anywhere else in the UK.

The two Old Firm giants are constantly pitted against each other and it requires strong characters to deal with the demands.

As a Champions League-winning captain the Light Blues boss has that in abundance but Howe’s man-management capabilities are now under the spotlight – can he handle it?

We shall have to wait for official confirmation first but on this basis Rangers fans won’t be quaking in their boots and will be rapidly eyeing consecutive titles.

In other Rangers news, pundit issues scathing assessment of Scottish Premiership in big Gers title snub.

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