Charlie Nicholas has warned Celtic fans not to expect a 'second coming' of Brendan Rodgers in Eddie Howe.

Howe has had success as a manager, taking Bournemouth from the lower leagues into the Premier League and keeping them there for five seasons. He is now in pole position to take over at Parkhead as boss, but Nicholas believes he does not have the same resumé Rodgers had when he joined the club in 2016.

Nicholas, a former Hoops striker, has urged supporters to manage their expectations with Howe set to become new man in charge because he will need time to adapt to life in Scotland.

To be a success, Nicholas says, Howe will also need to be his own man and not rely on any outside influences including the likes of John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan who are believed to be sticking around beyond the summer.

In his Daily Express column, Nicholas said: "(Howe) is already being portrayed as the new Brendan Rodgers. He isn't and won't be. His CV doesn't match Brendan's. Yes, they play a similar style of football but Brendan worked his way up through Chelsea, Reading and Swansea and he almost won the Premier League at Liverpool before he came to Celtic.

"Eddie is coming up after he did a marvellous job at Bournemouth but his CV is not really comparable to Brendan's. Also, Brendan took over a winning team and Eddie won't be in that same position.

"The new manager also has to bring some of his own people in that he knows. He has to look at his own staff and bring in his own No. 2 who he trusts and can confide in.

"That might include Richard Hughes, who did a lot of his recruitment at Bournemouth. There is also a suggestion he could still work with John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan. Roy Keane did not take the job in the past because he didn't want to work with Ronny Deila. Eddie must also be given the final say on all transfers and the big footballing decisions.

"He shouldn't be answerable to Dominic McKay and if there is a director of football then they should be working together, like Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson at Rangers."