Now it seems certain that Eddie is the answer there is one blindingly obvious question which really does need to be asked.
Howe on earth did it take them so long to figure it out?
Having been accused by their own supporters of falling asleep at the wheel during this season of all seasons, it does feel as if Celtic have taken a lot longer than they ought to have done to reach a conclusion which has been staring them in the face for months.
Given that Howe’s name was being linked with this job while Neil Lennon was still in it, it’s difficult to fathom why only in the last few days have serious conversations taken place around tempting the out-of-work Englishman across the border.
It could be Dermot Desmond has something or someone else up his sleeve but given that Howe has started piecing his backroom together it would come as a monumental surprise now if the 43-year-old is not confirmed as the man to head up this summer’s equally enormous rebuild.
The first bricks will be laid this week when the appointment of a new chief executive, Dominic McKay, will be expedited in order to get the process started.
He was meant to begin his new role on July 1 but the decision to bring him in from the SRU three months ahead of schedule is a sign that Celtic really do understand the urgency of the situation after all.
McKay could be slipping into Peter Lawwell’s big leather seat as early as tomorrow morning and when his arrival on the scene is announced to the stock exchange then a new era can finally begin.
Not a moment too soon either as this has felt like a club which has been placed on pause ever since 10 In A Row began to hit the buffers in October.
That’s precisely why McKay’s imminent unveiling will effectively signal the pressing of Celtic’s reset button. Given Sunday’s Scottish Cup draw it could be the new manager’s starting date is also rushed forward ahead of a trip to Ibrox in less than a fortnight’s time.
And yet whatever happens next, it will all be too late for Scott Brown who may also be wondering why it took so long for Howe to be spoken to given the long established availability of the ex-Bournemouth boss.