Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill believes that Roy Keane would be a good fit for Celtic if he was to be given the job.
Following the announcement of Ronny Deila’s departure, several names have been linked with the post, with Keane linked along with other high profile candidates such as Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes.
O’Neill, however, trusts that Keane has the ability to take the reigns, having previously been linked with the job two years ago after Neil Lennon’s departure. O’Neill said: “I think Celtic is one of the great clubs in the world and I have to say that he was one of the great players in the world, so that’s not a bad fit for a start.
“Could he do the job? I would have no problems with that whatsoever. Would he be capable of doing that? Absolutely. But as Roy said, you still have to be asked and so far, I’m not so sure that that’s been the case”.
Keane has not been a manager in his own right since departing from Ipswich back in 2011, though has worked as assistant to O’Neill since 2013 and also spent time coaching at Aston Villa.
The time may now have come though for Keane to get back into management and return to a club he played for at the end of the 2005-2006 season.
With the upcoming Euro 2016 campaign, if Celtic want to appoint Keane, they may have to wait until after the Republic of Ireland’s tournament is over.
O’Neill concedes that he may lose his assistant to a managerial position, although added that it would not necessarily be an easy decision for Keane to make: “I don’t think that he would give things up here lightly. Something would have to, as he often says, his favourite phrase, rock his boat – I think is what he says.
“But he has enjoyed it here. I think it has been good for him, but is he ready to go? Yes, he could very well be.
“I wouldn’t know, really, I certainly wouldn’t know that. Anything can happen between now and the start of next season. Who can say?
“But I think I have said to you before, I think Roy will want to go and manage in his own right and make the decisions, which is important. He has been used to making a lot of decisions throughout his life both as a player and a captain, and as a manager.
“I think this has been very, very good for him. Will he want to manage on his own again? Absolutely, and if an opportunity comes up, a really good opportunity, then I would wish him all the best.”