Roy Keane the perfect fit to become new Celtic manager, says Richard Dunne


Roy Keane is looking to return to management (Getty)

Richard Dunne believes Roy Keane could be the ‘perfect fit’ for the manager’s job at Celtic.

The Scottish champions are currently looking for a new manager following Neil Lennon’s departure earlier this week.

Keane has made no secret of his desire to return to management having been out of football since he left his role as assistant manager at Nottingham Forrest in June 20919.

‘It doesn’t matter that Roy Keane hasn’t managed a team in ten years, he could still be the perfect fit for Celtic if they decided to go down that route,’ Dunne wrote in his column for Independent.ie.

‘I don’t know if it will happen or if the Celtic board already have someone in mind, but the sight of Roy in the dugout at Parkhead, going head to head with Steven Gerrard in a derby, would be brilliant to watch – two people who never held back as players and wouldn’t hold back as managers.

‘Roy is older now and he has mellowed a bit, learned a bit more, and if Celtic – or another club for that matter – decide to hire him, they are getting a Roy Keane that’s better than the one of ten years ago, having been out of the game as manager won’t detract from him at all.’

Roy Keane finished his playing career at Celtic in 2006 (Getty)

Keane turned down the Celtic job in 2014 after being offered the role by the club’s majority shareholder Dermot Desmond.

‘I thought about the Celtic offer. It wasn’t rocking my boat,’ Keane wrote in his autobiography The Second Half.

‘They weren’t convincing me: ‘Listen, you’re the man for us’.

‘I went to Paul Gilroy’s house. There were things I wasn’t happy with in the contract. But I know if you examined every clause too carefully, you would never sign anything.

‘I rang Dermot Desmond on the Monday and said: ‘I’m really honoured you offered me the job but I want to stay with Martin’.

‘Had Celtic shown enough in their negotiating, ‘we’ll move this, you can take that’ — a bit of give and take — I might have hesitated.

‘They just didn’t show me that they wanted me and I was happier staying in the Ireland job.

‘Working with Martin had given me back a love of the game and I’m all for showing a bit of loyalty.

‘I had only been in the job two minutes. We hadn’t played a competitive game yet.

‘I felt powerful saying: ‘No’. I felt good. But I wondered if I was making the right decision.

‘Right job, wrong time.’

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