As Rangers fans everywhere somewhat nervously watch on at the situation with Newcastle United, talk of Gers boss Steven Gerrard exiting Ibrox has also piqued Celtic fan interest.
Our Old Firm rivals still have nightmares over Stevie G’s time in Glasgow and after ruining the 10IAR party the Liverpool legend will go down in Old Firm folklore.
But before our desperate rivals get too excited about the notion that Sir Steven of Gerrard heading southward, another name that haunts their dreams could yet ride to Rangers’ rescue.
Rangers boss reportedly one of three on Newcastle United shortlist
Gerrard was named by reputable outlet the Times as one of three managers on a Newcastle United shortlist to take the job on from Steve Bruce.
This comes with winless Newcastle in the Premier League relegation zone and the club having just been taken over by a Saudi-led consortium said to be worth £320bn.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and Villarreal coach Unai Emery are the other two names being mentioned and whilst the situation is certainly nerve-racking, it is something of a compliment that our head coach has been named in this trio.
But as of today another name has been thrown into the ring and it’s one Rangers and Celtic fans alike will remember for very different reasons indeed.
Eddie Howe, Eddie Howe, Eddie, Eddie Howe
Ex-Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe was at one point the frontrunner for the Celtic job before he famously pulled the plug on the job at the last minute.
This led to Celtic getting in relative unknown Ange Postecoglou and enduring their worst start to a Scottish Premiership season in over 20 years. They currently sit 4th.
But as faint momentum swings their way over the weekend and our rivals hope that Rangers are unsettled by a Gerrard exit, Howe is now being mentioned alongside the role.
Howe has Premier League experience, a clear footballing philosophy and he may be more than willing to be the ship stabilising coach that takes them from point A to point B in their development as a domestic force.
According to the Mirror, the one-time Celtic favourite is now “in discussions” with Newcastle about taking over at St James’ Park.
They claim that whilst Newcastle also rate Gerrard, “they are keen not to make enemies by poaching managers in work from rival club”.
This means the likes of unemployed gaffers Howe, Paulo Fonseca, Frank Lampard and Lucien Favre head up the list of potential bosses.
For us, we’ve got to hope it’s Howe. What a laugh it would be to see the Englishman break Celtic hearts twice in six months!
Meanwhile, Rangers legend Ally McCoist looks set to takeover as the coach of a specially assembled side in another sport than football altogether.