Howe has been unemployed since leaving Bournemouth last summer.
The Bhoys have taken their time appointing a replacement for Neil Lennon.
And they now have a serious candidate in Howe.
According to The Sun, the 43-year-old has begun his own research on the behind-the-scenes structure at Parkhead.
These has consisted of Howe contacting trusted friends who have connections with the Glasgow giants.
Howe is highly regarded after a successful eight-year spell with the Cherries, which saw the club punching above their weight in the top-flight.